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LACK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does lack mean? 

LACK (noun)
  The noun LACK has 1 sense:

1. the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable

  Familiarity information: LACK used as a noun is very rare.


LACK (verb)
  The verb LACK has 1 sense:

1. be without

  Familiarity information: LACK used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


LACK (noun)


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Meaning:

The state of needing something that is absent or unavailable

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

deficiency; lack; want

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("lack" is a kind of...):

demand; need (a condition requiring relief)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "lack"):

absence (the state of being absent)

dearth; famine; shortage (an acute insufficiency)

deficit (a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning)

mineral deficiency (lack of a mineral micronutrient that is essential for normal nutrition or metabolism)

shortness (the condition of being short of something)

stringency; tightness (a state occasioned by scarcity of money and a shortage of credit)


LACK (verb)


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Meaning:

Be without

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

lack; miss

Context examples:

This soup lacks salt / There is something missing in my jewellery box!

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "lack"):

want (be without, lack; be deficient in)

exclude (lack or fail to include)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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