- Lack is defined as you are in a position or state where you do not have something or where you do not have enough of something.
An example of lack is when you are barefoot and you want shoes.
- The definition of lack is to have an absence of something that should be there.
An example of lack is when you have no imagination.
These poor children lack shoes.
- the fact or condition of not having enough; shortage; deficiency
- the fact or condition of not having any; complete absence
- the thing that is lacking or needed
Origin of lackearly Middle English lac ; from or akin to Middle Low German and amp; Middle Dutch lak, lack: for Indo-European base see leak
- to be wanting or missing; show a deficiency
- to be short: with in, for, or, now rarely, of
- to be in need
Origin of lackME lacen < MDu laken, to be wanting
- to be deficient in or entirely without
- to fall short by: lacking one ounce of being a pound
- Obsolete to need; require
- Deficiency or absence: Lack of funding brought the project to a halt.
- A particular deficiency or absence: Owing to a lack of supporters, the reforms did not succeed.
verblacked, lack·ing, lacks
- To be missing or deficient: We suspected that he was lying, but proof was lacking.
- To be in need of something: She does not lack for friends.
Origin of lackMiddle English, perhaps from Middle Dutch lac, deficiency, fault. Usage Note: When lack is used in the sense “to be wanting or deficient,” it is typically followed by in: You will not be lacking in support from me. When lack is used in the sense of “to be in need of something,” it is often followed by for: “In the terrible, beautiful age of my prime, / I lacked for sweet linen but never for time” (E.B. White).
(third-person singular simple present lacks, present participle lacking, simple past and past participle lacked)
Apparently cognate with Middle Low German lak, Middle Dutch lac (> modern lak (“calumny”)).