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Meaning of LACK

Pronunciation:  lak

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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"
  2. [v]  be without; "This soup lacks salt"; "There is something missing in my jewellery box!"
  3. [v]  be without, lack; be deficient in; "want courtesy"; "want the strength to go on living"; "flood victims wanting food and shelter"

LACK is a 4 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: deficiency, miss, want
 Antonyms: feature, have
 See Also: absence, dearth, demand, exclude, famine, lack, mineral deficiency, need, shortage, stringency, tightness, want



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Lack\, n. [OE. lak; cf. D. lak slander, laken to blame,
    OHG. lahan, AS. le['a]n.]
    1. Blame; cause of blame; fault; crime; offense. [Obs.]
    2. Deficiency; want; need; destitution; failure; as, a lack
       of sufficient food.
             She swooneth now and now for lakke of blood.
             Let his lack of years be no impediment. --Shak.
  2. \Lack\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lacked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To blame; to find fault with. [Obs.]
             Love them and lakke them not.         --Piers
    2. To be without or destitute of; to want; to need.
             If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.
                                                   --James i. 5.
  3. \Lack\, v. i.
    1. To be wanting; often, impersonally, with of, meaning, to
       be less than, short, not quite, etc.
             What hour now ? I think it lacks of twelve. --Shak.
             Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty.
                                                   --Gen. xvii.
    2. To be in want.
             The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger. --Ps.
                                                   xxxiv. 10.
  4. \Lack\, interj. [Cf. {Alack}.]
    Exclamation of regret or surprise. [Prov. Eng.] --Cowper.
Thesaurus Terms
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