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lack

lack

 
pronunciation:
laek
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the state or condition of being without something that is needed or desired; absence; deficiency.
Lack of clean water is one of the worst problems that humans face.They suffer from a lack of food and medicine.They showed a lack of enthusiasm for his suggestion.
synonyms:
absence, dearth, deficiency, want
antonyms:
abundance, excess, surfeit
similar words:
deprivation, inadequacy, need, scarcity, shortage, shortcoming, void
definition 2: that which is missing, or the nonexistence or absence of a particular thing.
We didn't have enough chairs for all the guests, but our neighbors supplied the lack.Our hotel room didn't have a balcony, but we never felt the lack.The lack of a tail is what makes our Manx cat different from the others.
synonyms:
deficiency, need, want
similar words:
absence, dearth, deficit, deprivation, omission
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to be wanting in; be without.
Thousands of people lacked homes after the earthquake.These children's diets lack calcium.The girls lacked a mother, but their father cared for them well.He lacks the energy to see the project through.
synonyms:
want
antonyms:
enjoy, have, possess
similar words:
need
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: lacked, lacking, lacks
definition: to be without something wanted or needed.
The refugee camp lacks for basic necessities.
synonyms:
need, want
similar words:
require