Meaning of LACK in English

LACK

n. & v.

n. (usu. foll. by of) an absence, want, or deficiency (a lack of talent; felt the lack of warmth).

v.tr. be without or deficient in (lacks courage). for lack of owing to the absence of (went hungry for lack of money). lack for lack.

[ ME lac, lacen, corresp. to MDu., MLG lak deficiency, MDu. laken to lack ]

Concise Oxford English dictionary.      Краткий оксфордский словарь английского языка.