Definition of lacking in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlakiNG/


1Not available or in short supply: adequate resources and funds are both sadly lacking at present
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  • Even the seeds are partly or wholly lacking, and when present are very thin and small.
  • Reports of exactly what is happening or has happened in Tal Afar are lacking, and those that are available have little detail.
  • Police presence, which is lacking, should act as a deterrent for criminals.
1.1(Of a quality) missing or absent: there was something lacking in our marriage
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  • All the qualities that were so sadly lacking seven days earlier were there in abundance against the Sky Blues.
  • Innovation is sorely lacking in so many areas of life, he said.
  • They knocked in a barrage of goals in the first two rounds, displaying a consistency sorely lacking in the past.
absent, missing, nonexistent, unavailable
1.2Deficient or inadequate: the students are not lacking in intellectual ability workers were asked in what way they found their managers lacking
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  • To be fair to the Tralee side they were not lacking in spirit and endeavour and they made the visitors fight every inch of the way.
  • Many Army barracks are overcrowded and lacking in modern amenities, such as air conditioning.
  • For someone so lacking in motivation, he has done quite well for himself.
deficient, defective, inadequate, wanting, flawed, faulty, insufficient, unacceptable, impaired, imperfect, inferior
without, devoid of, bereft of;
deficient in, low on, short on, in need of
informal minus

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Syllabification: lack·ing

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