noun the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
- there is a serious lack of insight into the problem
- water is the critical deficiency in desert regions
- for want of a nail the shoe was lost
verb be without
- This soup lacks salt
- There is something missing in my jewelry box!
; cf. D. lak
to blame, OHG. lahan
, AS. leán
- Blame; cause of blame; fault; crime; offense. Obs.
- Deficiency; want; need; destitution; failure; as, a lack of sufficient food.
She swooneth now and now for lakke of blood.
Let his lack of years be no impediment.
Lack transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Lacked ; present participle & verbal noun Lacking
- To blame; to find fault with. Obs.
Love them and lakke them not.
- To be without or destitute of; to want; to need.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.
James i. 5.
Lack intransitive verb
- To be wanting; often, impersonally, with of, meaning, to be less than, short, not quite, etc.
What hour now ?
I think it lacks of twelve.
Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty.
Gen. xvii. 28.
- To be in want.
The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger.
Ps. xxxiv. 10.
- Exclamation of regret or surprise. Prov. Eng.
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