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

  

lack

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//læk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//læk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lack
BrE BrE//læk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//læk//
 
he / she / it lacks
BrE BrE//læks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//læks//
 
past simple lacked
BrE BrE//lækt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//lækt//
 
past participle lacked
BrE BrE//lækt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//lækt//
 
-ing form lacking
BrE BrE//ˈlækɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlækɪŋ//
 
 
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  •  [no passive] lack something to have none or not enough of something Some houses still lack basic amenities such as bathrooms. He lacks confidence. She has the determination that her brother lacks. see also lacking
  • Word Origin Middle English: corresponding to, and perhaps partly from, Middle Dutch and Middle Low German lak ‘deficiency’, Middle Dutch laken ‘lack, blame’.Extra examples He apparently lacked the desire to learn. Her high-heeled shoes gave her the height she otherwise lacked. His claim clearly lacked conviction. His life seemed to lack direction. Perhaps you simply lack the intelligence to realize just how serious this is? She completely lacks confidence. What they lack in talent, they make up for in conviction.Idioms
    have/lack the courage of your convictions
     
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    to be/not be brave enough to do what you feel to be right See related entries: Brave
     (formal) to have everything that you need As the only child of wealthy parents, he lacked for nothing.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lack