[uhn-der-staft, -stahft]
having an insufficient number of personnel: The hospital is understaffed.

1890–95; under- + staff1 + -ed3

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understaffed (ˌʌndəˈstɑːft)
not having enough staff: her department is understaffed

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Example sentences
So many hospitals are understaffed and overworked, in this regard, yes it is
  better to have firemen arrive on the scene.
The trouble is that these bureaucracies are often inefficient, understaffed and
  incapable of working properly in rural areas.
It is heavily understaffed, has no chartered accountant and has only one lawyer.
They said they are understaffed and ill-equipped to protect the campus.
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