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"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 British English

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lacknoun

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

lackverb [T]

uk   /læk/ 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 staff due to illness.

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(Definition of lack from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lack" in Business English

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lacknoun [S or U]

uk   /læk/ us  
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 frequently cited as the reason for poor-quality work.

lackverb [T]

uk   /læk/ us  
to not have enough of something that is necessary: Most of the candidates had the right qualifications 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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“lack” in Business English

Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
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