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lack

noun uk   /læk/ us  
lack of sth
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B1 the fact that something is not available or that there is not enough of it: Her only problem is a lack of confidence. Lack of sleep had made him irritable. If he fails it won't be for/through lack of effort (= he has certainly tried). We won't be going away this year - lack of funds, I'm afraid.

lack

verb [T] uk   /læk/ us  
B2 to not have or not have enough of something that is needed or wanted: He just lacks a little confidence. What we lack in this house is space to store things. We are lacking three members of staff due to illness.
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Translations of “lack”
in Spanish carecer de…
in French manquer de qqch.…
in German fehlen…
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