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Definition 1: the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable - [noun denoting state]

Samples where lack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for lack in the sense of this definition

(lack is a kind of ...) a condition requiring relief

"she satisfied his need for affection" "God has no need of men to accomplish His work" "there is a demand for jobs"

(... is a kind of lack ) the state of being absent

"he was surprised by the absence of any explanation"

(... is a kind of lack ) an acute insufficiency

(... is a kind of lack ) a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning

"the people concerned have a deficit in verbal memory" "they have serious linguistic deficits"

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

(... is a kind of lack ) the condition of being short of something

"there was no shortness of money" "can cause shortness of breath"

(... is a kind of lack ) a state occasioned by scarcity of money and a shortage of credit

Definition 2: be without - [verb of stative]

Samples where lack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This soup lacks salt
  • There is something missing in my jewelry box!

Synonyms for lack in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of lack ) be without, lack; be deficient in

"want courtesy" "want the strength to go on living" "flood victims wanting food and shelter"

(... is a kind of lack ) lack or fail to include

"The cost for the trip excludes food and beverages"

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