L l


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [lak]
    • /læk/
    • /læk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [lak]
    • /læk/

Definitions of lack word

  • noun lack deficiency or absence of something needed, desirable, or customary: lack of money; lack of skill. 1
  • noun lack something missing or needed: After he left, they really felt the lack. 1
  • verb with object lack to be without or deficient in: to lack ability; to lack the necessities of life. 1
  • verb with object lack to fall short in respect of: He lacks three votes to win. 1
  • verb without object lack to be absent or missing, as something needed or desirable: Three votes are lacking to make a majority. 1
  • noun lack The state of being without or not having enough of something. 1

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Origin of lack

First appearance:

before 1125
One of the 6% oldest English words
1125-75; Middle English lak; cognate with Middle Low German lak, Middle Dutch lac deficiency; akin to Old Norse lakr deficient

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Parts of speech for Lack


lack popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

lack usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for lack

noun lack

  • loss — detriment, disadvantage, or deprivation from failure to keep, have, or get: to bear the loss of a robbery.
  • shortfall — the quantity or extent by which something falls short; deficiency; shortage.
  • inadequacy — Also, inadequateness [in-ad-i-kwit-nis] /ɪnˈæd ɪ kwɪt nɪs/ (Show IPA). the state or condition of being inadequate; insufficiency.
  • reduction — the act of reducing or the state of being reduced.
  • dearth — If there is a dearth of something, there is not enough of it.

verb lack

  • need — a requirement, necessary duty, or obligation: There is no need for you to go there.
  • require — to have need of; need: He requires medical care.
  • minus — less by the subtraction of; decreased by: Ten minus six is four.
  • out — away from, or not in, the normal or usual place, position, state, etc.: out of alphabetical order; to go out to dinner.

adjective lack

Antonyms for lack

noun lack

  • success — the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals.
  • plenty — a full or abundant supply or amount: There is plenty of time.
  • sufficiency — the state or fact of being sufficient; adequacy.
  • abundance — An abundance of something is a large quantity of it.
  • affluence — Affluence is the state of having a lot of money or a high standard of living.

verb lack

  • dislike — to regard with displeasure, antipathy, or aversion: I dislike working. I dislike oysters.
  • have — Usually, haves. an individual or group that has wealth, social position, or other material benefits (contrasted with have-not).

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