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Definition of "lack" []

  • Deficiency or absence: Lack of funding brought the project to a halt. (noun)
  • A particular deficiency or absence: Owing to a lack of supporters, the reforms did not succeed. (noun)
  • To be without or in need of: lacked the strength to lift the box. (verb-transitive)
  • To be missing or deficient: We suspected that he was lying, but proof was lacking. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be in need of something: She does not lack for friends. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "lack" in a sentence
  • "In his remarks, President Obama referred again to what he called a lack of political will in Washington and an "insistence on drawing lines in the sand" that he said needs to be changed as the deficit and debt debate moves forward."
  • "He also took to task Republicans, the Tea Party and what he called the lack of shared sacrifice in both the economy and the just-passed debt ceiling bill."
  • "But in a brief telephone call from Athens after talks with Greek officials, Mr. Dallara expressed concern over what he called the "lack of clear process" to complete negotiations."