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).

Phrases and idioms:

for lack of owing to the absence of (went hungry for lack of money). lack for lack.

Etymology: ME lac, lacen, corresp. to MDu., MLG lak deficiency, MDu. laken to lack

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.