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lack

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verb \ ˈlak \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of lack

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.

Examples of lack in a Sentence

  1. His book lacks any coherent structure.

  2. They lack a good strategy for winning the election.

  3. This painting lacks any artistic value.

  4. She has never been accused of lacking confidence.

  5. Many of these people lack the basic necessities of life.

Recent Examples of lack from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of lack

see 2lack


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lack

noun

Definition of lack

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

Examples of lack in a Sentence

  1. The problem is a lack of money.

  2. She has been suffering from a lack of sleep lately.

  3. Her problem is lack of sleep.

Recent Examples of lack from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of lack

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



LACK Defined for English Language Learners

lack

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verb

Definition of lack for English Language Learners

  • : to not have (something) : to not have enough of (something) ( chiefly US )


lack

noun

Definition of lack for English Language Learners

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


LACK Defined for Kids

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lack

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verb \ ˈlak \

Definition of lack for Students

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

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lack

noun

Definition of lack for Students

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


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