Meaning of LACK in English


I. ˈlak

Date: 13th century

intransitive verb

1. : to be deficient or missing

time is lack ing for a full explanation

2. : to be short or have need of something

he will not lack for advisers

transitive verb

: to stand in need of : suffer from the absence or deficiency of

lack the necessities of life

II. noun

Etymology: Middle English lak; akin to Middle Dutch lak lack, Old Norse lakr defective

Date: 14th century

1. : the fact or state of being wanting or deficient

a lack of evidence

2. : something that is lacking or is needed

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.