Definition of lack in English:


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[mass noun] (usually lack of)


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  • Be without or deficient in: the novel lacks imagination [no object]: she lacks in patience Sam did not lack for friends
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    • What they lack in experience they make up for in attitude.
    • This case hardly lacks for bizarre elements.
    • Company executives will not lack for feedback about how they are doing.
    be without, have need of, be in need of, need, be lacking, require, want, feel the want of, be short of, be deficient in, stand in need of, go without, be bereft of, be deprived of, be low on, be pressed for, not have enough of, be devoid of, have insufficient, cry out for; miss
    informal be clean/fresh out of, be strapped for


Middle English: corresponding to, and perhaps partly from, Middle Dutch and Middle Low German lak 'deficiency', Middle Dutch laken 'lack, blame'.

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