• A deficiency or need (of something desirable or necessary); an absence, want.
  • (obsolete) A defect or failing; moral or spiritual degeneracy.


  • (intransitive) To be in want.
  • (intransitive) To be short (of or for something).

    "He'll never lack for company while he's got all that money."

  • (transitive) To be without, to need, to require.

    "My life lacks excitement."

  • (obsolete) To see the ‘lack’ in (someone or something); to find fault with, to malign, reproach.

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