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lack Syllabification: lack

Definition of lack in English:


The state of being without or not having enough of something: the case was dismissed for lack of evidence there is no lack of entertainment aboard ship [in singular]: there is a lack of parking space in the town
More example sentences
  • 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.


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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, be in need of, need, be lacking, require, want, be short of, be deficient in, be bereft of, be low on, be pressed for, have insufficient
informal be strapped for


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

Words that rhyme with lack

aback, alack, attack, back, black, brack, clack, claque, crack, Dirac, drack, flack, flak, hack, jack, Kazakh, knack, lakh, mac, mach, Nagorno-Karabakh, pack, pitchblack, plaque, quack, rack, sac, sack, shack, shellac, slack, smack, snack, stack, tach, tack, thwack, track, vac, wack, whack, wrack, yak, Zack

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