Definitions for LACKlæk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. deficiency or absence of something needed or desirable:

    lack of money; lack of skill.

  2. something missing or wanted:

    After he left, they really felt the lack.

  3. (v.t.)to be without; have need of:

    You lack common sense.

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  4. to fall short in respect of:

    He lacks three votes to win.

  5. (v.i.)to be absent or missing:

    Nothing lacks but their full agreement.

  6. to have a scarcity of something:

    She will never lack for friends.

* Syn: lack, want, need, require indicate the absence of something desirable, important, or necessary. lack means to be without or to have less than a desirable quantity of something: to lack courage; to lack sufficient money.want stresses the urgency of fulfilling a desire or providing what is lacking: The room wants some final touch to make it homey.need suggests even more urgency, stressing the necessity of supplying something essential: to need an operation.require has a similar sense, although it is used in formal or serious contexts: The report requires some editing.

Origin of lack:

1125–75; ME lak; c. MLG lak, MD lac deficiency; akin to ON lakr deficient

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lack, deficiency, want(verb)

    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"

  2. miss, lack(verb)

    be without

    "This soup lacks salt"; "There is something missing in my jewelry box!"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. lack(noun)ˈæk

    a situation when there is not enough; = shortage

    a lack of food; a lack of discipline

  2. lack(verb)ˈæk

    to not have enough or any of sth

    The school lacks teaching materials.; He lacks a sense of humor.


  1. lack(Noun)

    A defect or failing; moral or spiritual degeneracy.

  2. lack(Noun)

    A deficiency or need (of something desirable or necessary); an absence, want.

  3. lack(Verb)

    To be without, to need, to require.

    My life lacks excitement.

  4. lack(Verb)

    To be short (of or for something).

    He'll never lack for company while he's got all that money.

  5. Origin: Apparently cognate with Middle Low German lak, Middle Dutch lac ( > modern lak).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lack(noun)

    blame; cause of blame; fault; crime; offense

  2. Lack(noun)

    deficiency; want; need; destitution; failure; as, a lack of sufficient food

  3. Lack(verb)

    to blame; to find fault with

  4. Lack(verb)

    to be without or destitute of; to want; to need

  5. Lack(verb)

    to be wanting; often, impersonally, with of, meaning, to be less than, short, not quite, etc

  6. Lack(verb)

    to be in want

  7. Lack

    exclamation of regret or surprise


  1. Lack

    Lack is a small village and townland in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 114 people.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LACK' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1100

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LACK' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2319

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LACK' in Nouns Frequency: #512

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LACK' in Verbs Frequency: #434

Translations for LACK

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the state of not having any or enough

our lack of money.

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