lacking

[lak-ing]
preposition
1.
being without; not having; wanting; less: Lacking equipment, the laboratory couldn't undertake the research project.
adjective
2.
wanting; deficient: He was found lacking in stamina.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see lack, -ing2

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lack

[lak]
noun
1.
deficiency or absence of something needed, desirable, or customary: lack of money; lack of skill.
2.
something missing or needed: After he left, they really felt the lack.
verb (used with object)
3.
to be without or deficient in: to lack ability; to lack the necessities of life.
4.
to fall short in respect of: He lacks three votes to win.
verb (used without object)
5.
to be absent or missing, as something needed or desirable: Three votes are lacking to make a majority.
Verb phrases
6.
lack in, to be short of or deficient in: What he lacks in brains, he makes up for in brawn.

Origin:
1125–75; Middle English lak; cognate with Middle Low German lak, Middle Dutch lac deficiency; akin to Old Norse lakr deficient


1. dearth, scarcity, paucity, deficit, insufficiency. 1, 3. want, need. 3. Lack, want, need, require as verbs all stress the absence of something desirable, important, or necessary. Lack means to be without or to have less than a desirable quantity of something: to lack courage, sufficient money, enough members to make a quorum. Want may imply some urgency in fulfilling a requirement or a desire: Willing workers are badly wanted. The room wants some final touch to make it homey. Need often suggests even more urgency than does want stressing the necessity of supplying what is lacking: to need an operation, better food, a match to light the fire. Require which expresses necessity as strongly as need occurs most frequently in serious or formal contexts: Your presence at the hearing is required. Successful experimentation requires careful attention to detail.


1. surplus.
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lack (læk)
 
n
1.  an insufficiency, shortage, or absence of something required or desired
2.  something that is required but is absent or in short supply
 
vb (when intr, often foll by in or for)
3.  to be deficient (in) or have need (of): to lack purpose
 
[C12: related to Middle Dutch laken to be wanting]

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lack
c.1200, may have existed as unrecorded O.E. *lac or else it was borrowed from M.Du. lak "deficiency, fault;" in either case from P.Gmc. *laka- (cf. O.N. lakr "lacking"). The verb is attested earlier, late 12c., but is considered to be from the noun. Related: Lacking.
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Example sentences
By revealing which nutrients may be lacking, such tests can help you choose an
  appropriate fertilizer.
Then they need to be resourceful when materials are lacking.
They may be unhealthy and lacking in vital nutrients.
Twenty-five years later, the catch phrase is still used to imply that something
  or someone is lacking substance.
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