lack

verb
\ ˈlak How to pronounce lack (audio) \
lacked; lacking; lacks

Definition of lack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to be deficient or missing time is lacking for a full explanation
2 : to be short or have need of something he will not lack for advisers The area does not lack for good restaurants.

transitive verb

: to stand in need of : suffer from the absence or deficiency of lack the necessities of life She lacked confidence.

lack

noun

Definition of lack (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the fact or state of being wanting or deficient a lack of evidence
2 : something that is lacking or is needed

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Synonyms & Antonyms for lack

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of lack in a Sentence

Verb His book lacks any coherent structure. They lack a good strategy for winning the election. This painting lacks any artistic value. She has never been accused of lacking confidence. Many of these people lack the basic necessities of life. Noun The problem is a lack of money. She has been suffering from a lack of sleep lately. Her problem is lack of sleep.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That heft provides an advantage over rivals that lack the capital to bid on those transactions. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 11 June 2021 Quantum field theories that lack these features likely describe other, still undiscovered properties that could help physicists explain physical phenomena the Standard Model can’t account for. Quanta Magazine, 10 June 2021 Abbott also has been critical of emergency facilities that lack state licenses, but advocates say his directive could transfer more children to the large-scale sites. Dallas News, 8 June 2021 Abbott also has been critical of emergency facilities that lack state licenses, but advocates say his directive could transfer more children to the large-scale sites. Fox News, 8 June 2021 City leaders say the alterations Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is seeking are far too costly and may force the government to install unnecessary equipment, such as meters on streetlights that currently lack them. J.d. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 June 2021 There are many audio systems out there that lack the convenience of wireless streaming. Brad Moon, Forbes, 5 June 2021 The vast majority of desertions and casualties suffered by government forces are within units that lack supplies and training. Susannah George, Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2021 Abbott also has been critical of emergency facilities that lack state licenses, which may end up taking in more children if his order succeeds in shuttering smaller shelters. Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jessica Breland nearly had a double-double (10 points, nine rebounds) but once again Indiana’s lack of firepower cost the Fever down the stretch. J.l. Kirven, The Indianapolis Star, 17 June 2021 The appeal mentioned three areas of concern: the lack of a second neighborhood meeting for input and notification. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, 17 June 2021 However, recent studies out of New Jersey and Washington, D.C., where cash bail has been eliminated, show the lack of bail has had little impact on whether a defendant showed up for court. oregonlive, 16 June 2021 In the last few years, the lack of success by the football and basketball teams has put baseball and its success in an even brighter spotlight. Wally Hall, Arkansas Online, 16 June 2021 Seizures, lack of muscle control, and paralysis are signs that the disease has reached its final stages. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Some upscale properties are framing lack of contact as an amenity in its own right. Washington Post, 16 June 2021 Community members say that the city’s lack of support has exacerbated an already serious gun violence crisis, News Channel 20 reported. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 16 June 2021 The lack of high quality, affordable child care and pre-school creates many problems for small businesses, the business community, and society in general. Rhonda Abrams, USA TODAY, 16 June 2021

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First Known Use of lack

Verb

12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lack

Noun and Verb

Middle English lak; akin to Middle Dutch lak lack, Old Norse lakr defective

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The first known use of lack was in the 12th century

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18 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Lack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lack. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for lack

lack

verb

English Language Learners Definition of lack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to not have (something) : to not have enough of (something)

lack

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lack (Entry 2 of 2)

: the state or condition of not having any or enough of something : the state or condition of lacking something

lack

verb
\ ˈlak How to pronounce lack (audio) \
lacked; lacking

Kids Definition of lack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to be missing Something is lacking in the soup.
2 : to need or be without something I lack the necessary money.

lack

noun

Kids Definition of lack (Entry 2 of 2)

: the fact or state of not having any or enough of something a lack of time

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