Share this entry

American English: /ˈlækɪŋ/
British English: /ˈlakɪŋ/

adjective (predicative)

  • 1.1 (absent) See examples: the necessary resources are lacking
    faltan los recursos necesarios
    se carece de los recursos necesarios [formal]
    a sense of responsibility is sadly lacking among the staff
    lamentablemente hay falta de responsabilidad entre el personal
    what I found lacking in her article was …
    lo que eché en falta en su artículo fue …
    1.2 (deficient) See examples:to be lacking in something
    no tener algo
    carecer de algo [formal]
    he is completely lacking in tact
    no tiene nada de tacto
    carece del más mínimo tacto [formal]
    she's never lacking in suggestions
    siempre tiene algo que sugerir
    Example sentences
    • 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.

Definition of lacking in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources


    Next Score:
    Word of the day mecate
    string …
    Cultural fact of the day

    Opus Dei

    Opus Dei - Latin for "God's Work" - is a Catholic organization founded in Spain in 1928. The Opus became very influential in Spanish society, above all by founding schools and universities. The aim was to create an élite which would spread Christian ideals throughout society. The University of Navarre is one of its foremost institutions.