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lack

 (lăk)
n.
1. Deficiency or absence: Lack of funding brought the project to a halt.
2. A particular deficiency or absence: Owing to a lack of supporters, the reforms did not succeed.
v. lacked, lack·ing, lacks
v.tr.
To be without or in need of: lacked the strength to lift the box.
v.intr.
1. To be missing or deficient: We suspected that he was lying, but proof was lacking.
2. To be in need of something: She does not lack for friends.

[Middle English, perhaps from Middle Dutch lac, deficiency, fault.]
Usage Note: When lack is used in the sense "to be wanting or deficient," it is typically followed by in: You will not be lacking in support from me. When lack is used in the sense of "to be in need of something," it is often followed by for: "In the terrible, beautiful age of my prime, / I lacked for sweet linen but never for time" (E.B. White).

lack

(læk)
n
1. an insufficiency, shortage, or absence of something required or desired
2. something that is required but is absent or in short supply
vb
(when: intr, often foll by in or for) to be deficient (in) or have need (of): to lack purpose.
[C12: related to Middle Dutch laken to be wanting]

lack

(læk)
n.
1. deficiency or absence of something needed or desirable: lack of money; lack of skill.
2. something missing or wanted: After he left, they really felt the lack.
v.t.
3. to be without; have need of: You lack common sense.
4. to fall short in respect of: He lacks three votes to win.
v.i.
5. to be absent or missing: Nothing lacks but their full agreement.
6. to have a scarcity of something: She will never lack for friends.
[1125–75; Middle English lak; c. Middle Low German lak, Middle Dutch lac deficiency; akin to Old Norse lakr deficient]
syn: lack, want, need, require indicate the absence of something desirable, important, or necessary. lack means to be without or to have less than a desirable quantity of something: to lack courage; to lack sufficient money. want stresses the urgency of fulfilling a desire or providing what is lacking: The room wants some final touch to make it homey. need suggests even more urgency, stressing the necessity of supplying something essential: to need an operation. require has a similar sense, although it is used in formal or serious contexts: The report requires some editing.

lack

Lack can be a noun or a verb.

1. used as a noun

If there is a lack of something, there is not enough of it, or it does not exist at all.

I hated the lack of privacy in the hostel.
2. used as a verb

If someone or something lacks a quality, they do not have it.

Often new mothers lack confidence in their ability to look after their newborn baby properly.
Our little car lacked the power to pass other cars.

Be Careful!
Don't say that someone or something 'lacks of a quality'.

Be Careful!
You can't use a passive form of 'lack'. Don't say, for example, 'Resources are lacked in this school'. Say 'This school lacks resources.'

lack


Past participle: lacked
Gerund: lacking

Imperative
lack
lack
Present
I lack
you lack
he/she/it lacks
we lack
you lack
they lack
Preterite
I lacked
you lacked
he/she/it lacked
we lacked
you lacked
they lacked
Present Continuous
I am lacking
you are lacking
he/she/it is lacking
we are lacking
you are lacking
they are lacking
Present Perfect
I have lacked
you have lacked
he/she/it has lacked
we have lacked
you have lacked
they have lacked
Past Continuous
I was lacking
you were lacking
he/she/it was lacking
we were lacking
you were lacking
they were lacking
Past Perfect
I had lacked
you had lacked
he/she/it had lacked
we had lacked
you had lacked
they had lacked
Future
I will lack
you will lack
he/she/it will lack
we will lack
you will lack
they will lack
Future Perfect
I will have lacked
you will have lacked
he/she/it will have lacked
we will have lacked
you will have lacked
they will have lacked
Future Continuous
I will be lacking
you will be lacking
he/she/it will be lacking
we will be lacking
you will be lacking
they will be lacking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been lacking
you have been lacking
he/she/it has been lacking
we have been lacking
you have been lacking
they have been lacking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been lacking
you will have been lacking
he/she/it will have been lacking
we will have been lacking
you will have been lacking
they will have been lacking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been lacking
you had been lacking
he/she/it had been lacking
we had been lacking
you had been lacking
they had been lacking
Conditional
I would lack
you would lack
he/she/it would lack
we would lack
you would lack
they would lack
Past Conditional
I would have lacked
you would have lacked
he/she/it would have lacked
we would have lacked
you would have lacked
they would have lacked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lack - the state of needing something that is absent or unavailablelack - the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable; "there is a serious lack of insight into the problem"; "water is the critical deficiency in desert regions"; "for want of a nail the shoe was lost"
absence - the state of being absent; "he was surprised by the absence of any explanation"
need, demand - a condition requiring relief; "she satisfied his need for affection"; "God has no need of men to accomplish His work"; "there is a demand for jobs"
dearth, famine, shortage - an acute insufficiency
deficit - a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning; "the people concerned have a deficit in verbal memory"; "they have serious linguistic deficits"
mineral deficiency - lack of a mineral micronutrient that is essential for normal nutrition or metabolism
shortness - the condition of being short of something; "there was no shortness of money"; "can cause shortness of breath"
stringency, tightness - a state occasioned by scarcity of money and a shortage of credit
Verb1.lack - be withoutlack - be without; "This soup lacks salt"; "There is something missing in my jewelry box!"
want - be without, lack; be deficient in; "want courtesy"; "want the strength to go on living"; "flood victims wanting food and shelter"
exclude - lack or fail to include; "The cost for the trip excludes food and beverages"

lack

verb
1. miss, want, need, require, not have, be without, be short of, be in need of, be deficient in It lacked the power of the Italian cars.
miss have, own, enjoy, possess

lack

noun
2. The condition of lacking a needed or usual amount:
verb
To be without what is needed, required, or essential:
Translations
فُقْدان ، نَقْصنَقْصٌيَنْقُص
nedostateknemítpostrádat
mangelmangle
puutevajaus
nedostatak
skortaskortur
欠乏
부족
nebūtineturėtistigtistokoti
nepietiekamībanepietikttrūkttrūkums
imeti premalopomanjkanje
brist
การขาด
eksiklik-i olmamakolmayışyokluk
sự thiếu

lack

[læk]
A. Nfalta f (frm) → carencia f
lack of fundsfalta f de fondos
there was no lack of applicants for the jobno faltaban candidatos al puesto
there is no lack of moneyno falta dinero
despite his lack of experience, he got the joba pesar de su falta de experiencia, consiguió el trabajo
there was a complete lack of interest in my proposalshubo una absoluta falta de interés por mis propuestas
for lack of the charges were dropped for lack of evidenceretiraron la acusación por falta de pruebas
malevolence, for lack of a better wordmalevolencia, a falta de una palabra mejor
if I didn't get them to agree it wasn't for lack of tryingsi no conseguí que accedieran no fue por falta de intentarlo
B. VT he lacks confidencele falta confianza en sí mismo, carece de confianza en sí mismo (frm)
they lack the necessary skillsles faltan los requisitos necesarios, carecen de los requisitos necesarios (frm)
what he lacks in ability he makes up for in enthusiasmlo que le falta en habilidad, lo suple con entusiasmo
he does not lack talenttalento no le falta, no carece de talento (frm)
C. VI
1. (= be missing, deficient)
to be lackingfaltar
even if evidence is lackingincluso si faltan las pruebas, incluso si se carece de pruebas (frm)
this information was lacking from the reportesta información no figuraba or no constaba en el informe
to be lacking in sth he is lacking in confidencele falta confianza en sí mismocarece de confianza en sí mismo (frm)
he is completely lacking in imaginationno tiene nada de imaginación, carece completamente de imaginación (frm)
I find her singularly lacking in charmla encuentro especialmente falta or (frm) carente de encanto
it is a quality that we find lacking in so many politicians todayes una cualidad de la que nos parece que carecen tantos políticos hoy en día
innovation has been sadly or sorely lackingha habido una falta absoluta de innovación
her education is sadly lackingsu educación es muy deficiente
2. (= want)
they lack for nothingno les falta nada, no carecen de nada (frm)

lack

[ˈlæk]
n [experience, evidence, time, resources] → manque m
He got the job despite his lack of experience → Il a obtenu le poste en dépit de son manque d'expérience.
no lack of ... (= plenty of)
There was no lack of volunteers → Les volontaires ne manquaient pas.
through lack of sth → par manque de qch
for lack of sth → pour manque de qch
vt
(= have little) [+ confidence, experience, ability, resources, power] → manquer de
Her only problem is that she lacks confidence → Son seul problème est qu'elle manque de confiance.
(= be without) → ne pas avoir
It lacked the power of the Italian cars → Elle n'avait pas la puissance des voitures italiennes.
The settlers lacked the skills that pioneers need → Les nouveaux arrivants n'avaient pas les compétences qu'il faut aux pionniers., Il manquait aux nouveaux arrivants les compétences qu'il faut aux pionniers.
to lack the means to do sth → ne pas avoir les moyens de faire qch
The government lacked the means to pay for an adequate defence policy → Le gouvernement n'avait pas les moyens de payer pour une politique de défense adéquate.
He lacks the necessary experience
BUT Il lui manque l'expérience nécessaire.
What we lacked in experience we made up for in dedication
BUT Nous avons su compenser notre manque d'expérience par notre dévouement.

lack

nMangel m; for or through lack of somethingaus Mangel an etw (dat); they failed for or through lack of supportsie scheiterten, weil es ihnen an Unterstützung fehlte or mangelte; though it wasn’t for lack of tryingnicht, dass er sich/ich mich etc nicht bemüht hätte; there was a complete lack of interestes bestand überhaupt kein Interesse; such was their lack of confidence that …sie hatten so wenig Selbstbewusstsein, dass …; lack of water/timeWasser-/Zeitmangel m; there is no lack of money in that familyin dieser Familie fehlt es nicht an Geld; there was no lack of applicantses bestand kein Mangel an Bewerbern, es fehlte nicht an Bewerbern
vt they lack the necessary equipment/talentes fehlt ihnen an der notwendigen Ausrüstung/am richtigen Talent; we lack timeuns fehlt die nötige Zeit
vi
to be lackingfehlen; his sense of humour (Brit) or humor (US) is sadly lackingmit seinem Sinn für Humor ist es nicht weit her; innovation has been sadly lacking throughout the projectes fehlte leider während des ganzen Projektes an Innovationen
he is lacking in confidenceihm fehlt es an Selbstvertrauen; he is completely lacking in any sort of decencyer besitzt überhaupt keinen Anstand; I find her lacking in humour (Brit) or humor (US) → ich vermisse an ihr den Humor; I find him lacking in intelligenceich finde, er ist nicht besonders intelligent
he lacked for nothinges fehlte ihm an nichts

lack

[læk]
1. nmancanza, scarsità
for or through lack of → per mancanza or scarsità di
there is no lack of money → i soldi non mancano
2. vt we lack (the) time to do itci manca il tempo di or per farlo
he lacks confidence → non è sicuro di sé
3. vi to be lacking inmancare di
he is lacking in confidence → non è sicuro di sé
he lacks for nothing → non gli manca niente

lack

(lӕk) verb
to have too little or none of. He lacked the courage to join the army.
noun
the state of not having any or enough. our lack of money.
be lacking (with in)
1. to be without or not to have enough. He is lacking in intelligence.
2. to be absent; to be present in too little an amount. Money for the project is not lacking but enthusiasm is.

lack

نَقْصٌ nedostatek mangel Mangel έλλειψη carencia puute manque nedostatak mancanza 欠乏 부족 gebrek mangel brak falta нехватка brist การขาด eksiklik sự thiếu 缺乏

lack

n. falta, carencia; necesidad; falta de;
___ of food___ de alimentos;
___ of medicationfalta de o carencia de medicina;
___ of orientation___ de orientación;
v. carecer de; faltar;
they ___ everythingcarecen de todo.

lack

n falta, carencia
References in classic literature ?
The professor, too, pointed out that their rivals were in a large and roomy cave, not likely to suffer from lack of air nor food or water, since they must have supplies with them.
The Colonel reproached his daughter for her lack of filial kindness and respect, her want of sisterly affection and womanly consideration.
You have all the manifestations of a soft and rich treble; I can, by especial aid, carry a full tenor to the highest letter; but we lack counter and bass
I am sitting by the window now, up in this atrocious nursery, and there is nothing to hinder my writing as much as I please, save lack of strength.
said Christie, with, I fear, a slight lack of reverence in her tone, as her sister reentered the room.
One exception there was, however, in a very antique elbow-chair, with a high back, carved elaborately in oak, and a roomy depth within its arms, that made up, by its spacious comprehensiveness, for the lack of any of those artistic curves which abound in a modern chair.
Oftentimes they were asleep, but occasionally might be heard talking together, ill voices between a speech and a snore, and with that lack of energy that distinguishes the occupants of alms-houses, and all other human beings who depend for subsistence on charity, on monopolized labour, or anything else but their own independent exertions.
Still, for all this immutableness, was there some lack of common consistency about worthy Captain Bildad.
The election day came at last; there was no lack of work for Jerry and me.
It was their one hope of respite, as long as they lived; they had put all their money into it--and they were working people, poor people, whose money was their strength, the very substance of them, body and soul, the thing by which they lived and for lack of which they died.
Shelby was a fair average kind of man, good-natured and kindly, and disposed to easy indulgence of those around him, and there had never been a lack of anything which might contribute to the physical comfort of the negroes on his estate.
The American has dwindled into an Odd Fellow--one who may be known by the development of his organ of gregariousness, and a manifest lack of intellect and cheerful self-reliance; whose first and chief concern, on coming into the world, is to see that the almshouses are in good repair; and, before yet he has lawfully donned the virile garb, to collect a fund to the support of the widows and orphans that may be; who, in short, ventures to live only by the aid of the Mutual Insurance company, which has promised to bury him decently.