What does lack mean?

Definitions for lack
læklack

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word lack.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lack, deficiency, wantverb

    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, lackverb

    be without

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

Wiktionary

  1. lacknoun

    A defect or failing; moral or spiritual degeneracy.

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

  2. lacknoun

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

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

  3. lackverb

    To be without, to need, to require.

    My life lacks excitement.

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

  4. lackverb

    To be short (of or for something).

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lacknoun

    blame; cause of blame; fault; crime; offense

    Etymology: [OE. lak; cf. D. lak slander, laken to blame, OHG. lahan, AS. len.]

  2. Lacknoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. lak; cf. D. lak slander, laken to blame, OHG. lahan, AS. len.]

  3. Lackverb

    to blame; to find fault with

    Etymology: [OE. lak; cf. D. lak slander, laken to blame, OHG. lahan, AS. len.]

  4. Lackverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. lak; cf. D. lak slander, laken to blame, OHG. lahan, AS. len.]

  5. Lackverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. lak; cf. D. lak slander, laken to blame, OHG. lahan, AS. len.]

  6. Lackverb

    to be in want

    Etymology: [OE. lak; cf. D. lak slander, laken to blame, OHG. lahan, AS. len.]

  7. Lack

    exclamation of regret or surprise

    Etymology: [OE. lak; cf. D. lak slander, laken to blame, OHG. lahan, AS. len.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lack

    lak, v.t. and v.i. to want: to be in want: to be destitute of: to miss.—n. want: destitution.—ns. Lack′-all, one who is destitute; Lack′-brain (Shak.), a fool.—adjs. Lack′-lin′en (Shak.), wanting linen; Lack′-lus′tre, wanting brightness.—n. a want of brightness. [From an old Low Ger. root found in Dut. lak, blemish; cf. Ice. lakr, defective.]

Editors Contribution

  1. lackadverb

    I have a bottle of Lack from 175 years ago from Hungary or Finland!! You don't have that one.

    Submitted by stuartschiell56 on June 27, 2021  

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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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lack in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lack in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of lack in a Sentence

  1. Mayor Lightfoot:

    I believe that violence is a manifestation of systemic problems, and it's a public health crisis, when you see, in way too many neighborhoods, a lack of jobs, a lack of investment — these are historic, decades-long problems.

  2. Reinhard Marx:

    Files that could have documented the terrible deeds and named those responsible were destroyed or not even created, the stipulated procedures and processes for the prosecution offenses were deliberately not complied with... such standard practices will make it clear that it is not transparency which damages the church, but rather the acts of abuse committed, the lack of transparency, or the ensuing coverup.

  3. August Strindberg:

    I always disliked dogs, those protectors of cowards who lack the courage to fight an assailant themselves.

  4. Saule Kisikova:

    We must not repeat the Italian scenario with patients lying in corridors and a lack of doctors and ventilators because of (our) negligence.

  5. Hassan Ahmad:

    What we're challenging is the haphazard lack of legal procedure. There's no rhyme or reason to it.

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