lack

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[lack]

If you lack something, you need or want something that's missing. When there's a lack of food, people starve.

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Blame; cause of blame; fault; crime; offense.

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 jewellery box!"


n.
Blame; cause of blame; fault; crime; offense.

n.
Deficiency; want; need; destitution; failure; as, a lack of sufficient food.

v. t.
To blame; to find fault with.

v. t.
To be without or destitute of; to want; to need.

v. i.
To be wanting; often, impersonally, with of, meaning, to be less than, short, not quite, etc.

v. i.
To be in want.

interj.
Exclamation of regret or surprise.


Lack

Lack , n. [OE. lak; cf. D. lak slander, laken to blame, OHG. lahan, AS. le'a0n.] 1. Blame; cause of blame; fault; crime; offense. [Obs.] Chaucer. 2. 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

Lack, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lacked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Lacking.] 1. To blame; to find fault with. [Obs.]
Love them and lakke them not.
2. To be without or destitute of; to want; to need.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.

Lack

Lack, v. i. 1. 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.
2. To be in want.
The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger.

Lack

Lack, interj. [Cf. Alack.] Exclamation of regret or surprise. [Prov. Eng.] Cowper.

Blame; cause of blame; fault; crime; offense.

To blame; to find fault with.

To be wanting; often, impersonally, with of, meaning, to be less than, short, not quite, etc.

Exclamation of regret or surprise.

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Usage Examples

Because of the lack of education on AIDS, discrimination, fear, panic, and lies surrounded me.

A great deal has been written in recent years about the purported lack of motivation in the children of the Negro ghettos. Little in my experience supports this, yet the phrase has been repeated endlessly, and the blame in almost all cases is placed somewhere outside the classroom.

Although our inattention can contribute to our lack of total well-being, we also have the power to choose positive behaviors and responses. In that choice we change our every experience of life!

A twenty-one-year-old writer is likely to be inhibited by a lack of usable experience. Childhood and adolescence were something I knew.

At least I have the modesty to admit that lack of modesty is one of my failings.

As might be supposed, my parents were quite poor, but we somehow never seemed to lack anything we needed, and I never saw a trace of discontent or a failure in cheerfulness over their lot in life, as indeed over anything.

Acceptable food rots while we are chased from bins behind restaurants, chased from sleeping on the street, chased from relieving ourselves unless we pay for food or gas, until finally we are so hungry, sleepless, smelly, constipated and beaten-down that we simply die of lack of will to live.

A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.

Misspelled Form

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Other Usage Examples

Alcohol doesn't console, it doesn't fill up anyone's psychological gaps, all it replaces is the lack of God. It doesn't comfort man. On the contrary, it encourages him in his folly, it transports him to the supreme regions where he is master of his own destiny.

All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.

And one who is just of his own free will shall not lack for happiness and he will never come to utter ruin.

And, in fact, you can find that the lack of basic resources, material resources, contributes to unhappiness, but the increase in material resources do not increase happiness.

As for gun control advocates, I have no hope whatever that any facts whatever will make the slightest dent in their thinking - or lack of thinking.

Anyone who lives within his means suffers from a lack of imagination.

As far as the lack of hits goes, I think perhaps it's because I've played a lot of different roles and have not created a persona that the public can latch on to. I have played everything from psychopathic killers to romantic leading men, and in picking such diverse roles I have avoided typecasting.

After all, science is essentially international, and it is only through lack of the historical sense that national qualities have been attributed to it.

And nothing embittered me, which is important, because I think ethnic people and women in this society can end up being embittered because of the lack of affirmative action, you know.

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