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lack

EN[lak] [læk] [-æk]
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WLack
  • To lack something is to not have it.
  • Lack may also refer to:
  • Lack (surname)
  • Lack Township, Juniata County, Pennsylvania
  • Lack, County Clare, a townland in County Clare, Ireland
  • Lack, County Fermanagh, a townland in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
  • Lack, County Galway, a townland in County Galway, Ireland
  • Lack, County Kerry, a townland in County Kerry, Ireland
  • Lack, County Roscommon, a townland in County Roscommon, Ireland
  • Lack, Poland
  • Łąck, Poland
  • Lack (manque), a term in Lacan's psychoanalytic philosophy

    Definition of lack in English Dictionary

  • NounPLlacks
    1. OBS A defect or failing; moral or spiritual degeneracy.
      1. In the old days, to my commonplace and unobserving mind, he gave no evidences of genius whatsoever. He never read me any of his manuscripts, […], and therefore my lack of detection of his promise may in some degree be pardoned.
    2. A deficiency or need (of something desirable or necessary); an absence, want.
    3. VerbSGlacksPRlackingPT, PPlacked
      1. VT To be without, to need, to require.
        1. My life lacks excitement.
      2. VI To be short (of or for something).
        1. He'll never lack for company while he's got all that money.
      3. VI To be in want.
        1. OBS To see the ‘lack’ in (someone or something); to find fault with, to malign, reproach.
        2. More Examples
          1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
            • She watched him wasting away from lack of food or exercise.
            • However, in that taxon the surface of the basioccipital between the occipital condyle and the basal tubera is not excavated as in MCCM-HUE-1667 and lacks the subcondylar recess or foramen.
            • To highlight the phenotype, lacking macrochaetae are encircled on the left heminotum.
          2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
            • Lack of courage produced a hundred diseases— Poverty, pusillanimity, lowmindedness.
            • Lack of theory of mind is a classic symptom of autism-spectrum disorders ‎
        • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
          1. Nouns
            • Countable nouns
            • Verbs
              • Intransitive verbs
                • Transitive verbs
              Related Links:
              1. en lacking
              2. en lacked
              3. en lackey
              4. en lackadaisical
              5. en lackluster
              Source: Wiktionary
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              Meaning of lack for the defined word.

              Grammatically, this word "lack" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun. It's also a verb, more specifically, an intransitive verb and a transitive verb.
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