lack [lack lacks lacked lacking] noun, verb BrE [læk]
NAmE [læk]
noun uncountable, singular ~ (of sth)
the state of not having sth or not having enough of sth
Syn: dearth, Syn: shortage
a lack of food/money/skills
The trip was cancelled through lack of (= because there was not enough) interest.
There was no lack of volunteers.
She showed a distinct lack of enthusiasm for the idea of becoming a mother.
see not for want/lack of trying at try v.
Word Origin:
Middle English: corresponding to, and perhaps partly from, Middle Dutch and Middle Low German lak ‘deficiency’, Middle Dutch laken ‘lack, blame’.
lack noun U, sing.
a lack of food/money/skills
absence • • shortage • • scarcity • • shortfall|formal deficiency • • deficit
formal Opp: abundance
have/suffer from a lack/absence/shortage/deficiency/deficit
face a lack/shortage/shortfall/deficit
There is no lack/shortage/scarcity/deficiency of sth
Example Bank:
I've lost those skills through lack of practice.
She thought she would collapse from lack of sleep.
The situation was worsened by lack of communication.
There is certainly no lack of interest in the subject.
There was a distinct lack of urgency in his manner.
They lost the game, but not for lack of trying.
a complete lack of confidence
a general lack of knowledge among the young
an abysmal lack of knowledge
The trip was cancelled through lack of interest.
They haven't won a game yet, but it isn't for lack of trying.
a lack of food/money/skills
Idiom: lack nothing
verb no passive ~ sth
to have none or not enough of sth
Some houses still lack basic amenities such as bathrooms.
He lacks confidence.
She has the determination that her brother lacks.
see also lacking
more at have/lack the courage of your convictions at courage
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
Middle English: corresponding to, and perhaps partly from, Middle Dutch and Middle Low German lak ‘deficiency’, Middle Dutch laken ‘lack, blame’.
Example Bank:
He apparently lacked the desire to learn.
Her high-heeled shoes gave her the height she otherwise lacked.
His claim clearly lacked conviction.
His life seemed to lack direction.
Perhaps you simply lack the intelligence to realize just how serious this is?
She completely lacks confidence.
What they lack in talent, they make up for in conviction.

WordNet Dictionary:
the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
- there is a serious lack of insight into the problem
- water is the critical deficiency in desert regions
- for want of a nail the shoe was lost
Syn: deficiency, want
be without
- This soup lacks salt
- There is something missing in my jewelry box!
Syn: miss
Ant: have (for: miss)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
n.1.Blame; cause of blame; fault; crime; offense.
2.Deficiency; want; need; destitution; failure; as, a lack of sufficient food.
She swooneth now and now for lakke of blood.
Let his lack of years be no impediment.
v. t.1.To blame; to find fault with.
[imp. & p. p. Lacked (lăkt); p. pr. & vb. n. Lacking.]
Love them and lakke them not.
2.To be without or destitute of; to want; to need.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.
v. i.1.To be wanting; often, impersonally, with of, meaning, to be less than, short, not quite, etc.
What hour now?
I think it lacks of twelve.
Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty.
2.To be in want.
The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger.
interj.1.Exclamation of regret or surprise.

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