Definition of lack noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//læk//
; NAmE NAmE//læk//
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  •  [uncountable, singular] lack (of something) the state of not having something or not having enough of something synonym dearth, shortage a lack of food/money/skills The trip was cancelled through lack of (= because there was not enough) interest. There was no lack of volunteers. She showed a distinct lack of enthusiasm for the idea of becoming a mother.
  • Word OriginMiddle English: corresponding to, and perhaps partly from, Middle Dutch and Middle Low German lak ‘deficiency’, Middle Dutch laken ‘lack, blame’.Extra examples I’ve lost those skills through lack of practice. She thought she would collapse from lack of sleep. The situation was worsened by lack of communication. There is certainly no lack of interest in the subject. There was a distinct lack of urgency in his manner. They lost the game, but not for lack of trying. a complete lack of confidence a general lack of knowledge among the young an abysmal lack of knowledge The trip was cancelled through lack of interest. They haven’t won a game yet, but it isn’t for lack of trying. a lack of food/​money/​skillsIdioms
    not for want/lack of trying
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    used to say that although somebody has not succeeded in something, they have tried very hard They haven't won a game yet, but it isn't for want of trying.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lack