Meaning of LACK in English

LACK

/ læk; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

[ U , sing. ] lack (of sth) the state of not having sth or not having enough of sth

SYN dearth , shortage :

a lack of food / money / skills

The trip was cancelled through lack of (= because there was not enough) interest.

There was no lack of volunteers.

IDIOMS

see try verb

■ verb

[ vn ] [ no passive ] to have none or not enough of sth :

Some houses still lack basic amenities such as bathrooms.

He lacks confidence.

She has the determination that her brother lacks.

—see also lacking

IDIOMS

- lack (for) nothing

—more at courage

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : corresponding to, and perhaps partly from, Middle Dutch and Middle Low German lak deficiency, Middle Dutch laken lack, blame.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.