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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).

lacking

(ˈlakɪŋ)
adj
missing or absentdeficient in or not having enough ofinadequate; not good enough
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lacking - inadequate in amount or degree; "a deficient education"; "deficient in common sense"; "lacking in stamina"; "tested and found wanting"
inadequate, unequal - lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task; "inadequate training"; "the staff was inadequate"; "she was unequal to the task"
2.lacking - nonexistent; "the thumb is absent"; "her appetite was lacking"
nonexistent - not having existence or being or actuality; "chimeras are nonexistent"

lacking

adjective deficient, wanting, needing, missing, inadequate, minus (informal), flawed, impaired, sans (archaic) Why was military intelligence so lacking?

lacking

adjective
1. Lacking an essential element:
2. Deficient in a usual or needed amount:
3. Not having a desirable element:
Idiom: in want of.
Translations

lacking

[ˈlakɪŋ] adj
(= missing) to be lacking → manquer
what is lacking is ... → ce qui manque c'est ...
(= deficient) to be lacking in sth [+ confidence, imagination, talent] → manquer de qch
Are you frequently lacking in energy and motivation? → Vous arrive-t-il fréquemment de manquer d'énergie et de motivation?
Are these youngsters so lacking in imagination that all they can think of to do is set cars on fire? → Ces jeunes manquent-ils à ce point d'imagination qu'ils ne trouvent rien d'autre à faire que brûler des voitures?
(= inadequate) → déficient(e)
Why was military intelligence so lacking? → Pourquoi le renseignement militaire a-t-il été si déficient?

lacking

adj
to be found lackingsich nicht bewähren, der Sache (dat)nicht gewachsen sein; they were not found lackingsie waren der Sache (dat)gewachsen
(inf)geistig minderbemittelt (inf), → beschränkt
References in classic literature ?
The people of the town thought of her as a confirmed old maid and because she spoke sharply and went her own way thought her lacking in all the human feeling that did so much to make and mar their own lives.
Merriman's stories were always lame and lacking point, his wife seldom permitted him to complete them.
I looked upon it as an evidence, in some measure, of a system naturally well balanced, and lacking no essential part of a thorough organization, that, with such associates to remember, I could mingle at once with men of altogether different qualities, and never murmur at the change.
One is quite justified in inferring that whatever one of these laws or customs was lacking in that remote time, its place was competently filled by a worse one.
I went in and saw the surgeon labor awhile, but could not enjoy; it was much less trying to see the wounds given and received than to see them mended; the stir and turmoil, and the music of the steel, were wanting here--one's nerves were wrung by this grisly spectacle, whilst the duel's compensating pleasurable thrill was lacking.
She was just, conscientious, economical, industrious; a regular attendant at church and Sunday-school, and a member of the State Missionary and Bible societies, but in the presence of all these chilly virtues you longed for one warm little fault, or lacking that, one likable failing, something to make you sure she was thoroughly alive.
Master Marner," he said, in a conciliatory tone, "what's lacking to you?
Yet something was lacking--she was lacking whom he came to seek to be a gift to Dingaan the king, and for whose sake this war was made.
There was indeed only one quality of womanhood in which she was lacking, and in which, after much serious self- examination, I discovered the reason of my instinctive self-sacrifice of her,--SHE HAD NEVER SUFFERED.
Lastly, he was a charming fellow and showed that he was not lacking in intelligence, for, as soon as he made up his mind to be a sleeping partner in the Opera, he selected the best possible active manager and went straight to Firmin Richard.
Like myself, you have always thought this house that our father built for us was perfect in every respect, but only to-day I have learned that three things are still lacking to complete it.
Now you must set to work at your linen for your dowry, for nothing must be lacking if you are to become the wife of our neighbour, the mole