Meaning of LACK in English


/ 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.


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


- lack (for) nothing

—more at courage



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.