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Meaning of “lack” in the English Dictionary

"lack" in British English

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lacknoun

uk   us   /læk/
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 ​certainlytried). We won't be going away this ​year - lack of ​funds, I'm ​afraid.

lackverb [T]

uk   us   /læk/
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 ​staffdue to ​illness.

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(Definition of lack from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lack" in American English

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lacknoun [U]

 us   /læk/
a ​condition of not having any or enough of something, esp. something ​necessary or ​wanted: a lack of ​ambition/​confidence/​knowledge a lack of ​money She ​certainly has no lack of ​friends (= She has a lot of ​friends).

lackverb [T]

 us   /læk/
to not have any or enough of something, esp. something ​necessary or ​wanted: What we lack in this ​house is ​space to ​store things. He’s ​totally lacking a ​sense of ​humor.
(Definition of lack from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"lack" in Business English

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lacknoun [S or U]

uk   us   /læk/
a ​situation in which there is not enough of something, or something is not ​available: serious/severe lack of sth Many of these ​communities are having to cope with a severe lack of ​resources. "Lack of ​time" is ​frequentlycited as the reason for poor-quality ​work.

lackverb [T]

uk   us   /læk/
to not have enough of something that is necessary: Most of the ​candidates had the ​rightqualifications but lacked the necessary ​skills.
(Definition of lack from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “lack”
in Vietnamese thiếu…
in Spanish carecer de…
in Malaysian kurang…
in Thai ขาด…
in French manquer de qqch.…
in German fehlen…
in Indonesian kurang…
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