noun[mass noun] (usually lack of)
- The state of being without or not having enough of something: there is no lack of entertainment aboard ship the case was dismissed for lack of evidence [in singular]: there is a lack of parking space in the townMore example sentences
absence, want, need, deficiency, dearth, insufficiency, shortage, shortfall, scarcity, paucity, unavailability, scarceness, undersupply, deficit, scantiness, sparseness, meagreness, inadequacy, shortness, deprivation, destitution, privation, famine, drought, poverty, non-existence, rareness, infrequency, uncommonness• rare exiguity, exiguousness
- Jagger's conclusions are similar: ‘There is a shocking lack of evidence in this case,’ she says.
- The Iowa straw poll is just another example of the general lack of enthusiasm for the GOP field.
- Much of the country is suffering severe lack of water, and the small quantities supplied are not good for human use.
verb[with object] Back to top
- Be without or deficient in: the novel lacks imagination [no object]: she lacks in patience Sam did not lack for friendsMore example sentences
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
- 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.
Middle English: corresponding to, and perhaps partly from, Middle Dutch and Middle Low German lak 'deficiency', Middle Dutch laken 'lack, blame'.