lack Definition

  • 1the state of being without or not having enough of something
  • 2a shortage or deficiency

Using lack: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "lack" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    There is a lack of funding for education in this country.

  • Example

    The team lost the game due to a lack of preparation.

  • Example

    The company is experiencing a lack of sales.

  • Example

    She suffers from a lack of confidence.

lack Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using lack

  • make up for lost time/lack

    to do something extra or more than usual in order to compensate for time or opportunities that have been lost


    After being away for so long, I need to make up for lost time with my family.

  • lack and white

    a situation that is clearly defined or easy to understand


    The rules of the game are black and white, there's no room for interpretation.

  • the absence of courage or determination


    He showed a lack of backbone when he refused to stand up for what he believed in.

Phrases with lack

  • the condition of not having enough sleep


    His lack of sleep was affecting his work performance.

  • lack of communication

    the absence or deficiency of exchanging information or ideas between people or groups


    The project failed due to a lack of communication between team members.

  • the state of not having enough knowledge or skill in a particular area


    The job requires someone with experience, and I have a lack of experience in that field.

Origins of lack

from Middle Dutch 'lac', meaning 'deficiency'


Summary: lack in Brief

The term 'lack' [læk] refers to the state of being without or not having enough of something, such as funding, preparation, sales, or confidence. It can also denote a shortage or deficiency, as in 'a lack of experience.' Phrases like 'lack of sleep' and idioms like 'make up for lost time/lack' further illustrate the concept of absence or deficiency.

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