lack n : 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: deficiency, want] v : be without; "This soup lacks salt"; "There is something missing in my jewellery box!" [syn: miss] [ant: have]
EtymologyApparently cognate with Middle Low German lak, Middle Dutch lac ( > modern lak).
be without, need, require
To lack something is to not have it.
Lack can also refer to:
- Lakh, a term in India for 100000(105).
lack in Yiddish: חסרון
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