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NOUN (1)

1. the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable;
- Example: "there is a serious lack of insight into the problem"
- Example: "water is the critical deficiency in desert regions"
- Example: "for want of a nail the shoe was lost"
[syn: lack, deficiency, want]


VERB (1)

1. be without;
- Example: "This soup lacks salt"
- Example: "There is something missing in my jewelry box!"
[syn: miss, lack]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lac \Lac\ (l[a^]k), Lakh \Lakh\ (l[aum]k), n. [Hind. lak, l[=a]kh, l[=a]ksh, Skr. laksha a mark, sign, lakh.] One hundred thousand; also, a vaguely great number; as, a lac of rupees. [Written also lack.] [East Indies] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lack \Lack\, v. i. 1. To be wanting; often, impersonally, with of, meaning, to be less than, short, not quite, etc. [1913 Webster] What hour now? I think it lacks of twelve. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty. --Gen. xvii. 28. [1913 Webster] 2. To be in want. [1913 Webster] The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger. --Ps. xxxiv. 10. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lack \Lack\ (l[a^]k), n. [OE. lak; cf. D. lak slander, laken to blame, OHG. lahan, AS. le['a]n.] 1. Blame; cause of blame; fault; crime; offense. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Deficiency; want; need; destitution; failure; as, a lack of sufficient food. [1913 Webster] She swooneth now and now for lakke of blood. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Let his lack of years be no impediment. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lack \Lack\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lacked (l[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. Lacking.] 1. To blame; to find fault with. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Love them and lakke them not. --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster] 2. To be without or destitute of; to want; to need. [1913 Webster] If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God. --James i. 5. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lack \Lack\, interj. [Cf. Alack.] Exclamation of regret or surprise. [Prov. Eng.] --Cowper. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

lack n 1: 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" [syn: lack, deficiency, want] v 1: be without; "This soup lacks salt"; "There is something missing in my jewelry box!" [syn: miss, lack] [ant: feature, have]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

118 Moby Thesaurus words for "lack": absence, adulteration, arrearage, awayness, bare cupboard, bare subsistence, be found wanting, be in want, be insufficient, be pinched, be poor, beggarliness, beggary, blank, break, collapse, come short, dearth, decline, defalcation, default, defect, defectibility, defectiveness, deficiency, deficit, deprivation, destitution, discontinuity, drought, empty purse, erroneousness, fail, fail of, fall away, fall short, fall shy, fallibility, famine, faultiness, gap, go on welfare, grinding poverty, gripe, hand-to-mouth existence, hiatus, homelessness, immaturity, impairment, imperfection, impoverishment, impurity, inaccuracy, inadequacy, inadequateness, incompleteness, indigence, inexactitude, inexactness, insufficiency, interval, kick the beam, lacuna, lag, lose ground, mediocrity, mendicancy, miss, missing link, moneylessness, necessitousness, necessity, need, neediness, neverness, nonexistence, nonoccurrence, nonpresence, not answer, not hack it, not make it, not make out, not measure up, not qualify, not stretch, not suffice, nowhereness, omission, outage, patchiness, paucity, pauperism, pauperization, penury, pinch, privation, require, run short, run short of, scantiness, scarcity, shortage, shortcoming, shortfall, sketchiness, slump, starvation, starve, stop short, subtraction, ullage, underage, undevelopment, unevenness, unperfectedness, unsoundness, want, wantage