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lack    : [l'æk]
Lac \Lac\ (l[a^]k), Lakh \Lakh\ (l[aum]k), n. [Hind. lak,
l[=a]kh, l[=a]ksh, Skr. laksha a mark, sign, lakh.]
One hundred thousand; also, a vaguely great number; as, a lac
of rupees. [Written also {lack}.] [East Indies]
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Lack \Lack\, v. i.
1. To be wanting; often, impersonally, with of, meaning, to
be less than, short, not quite, etc.
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What hour now?
I think it lacks of twelve. --Shak.
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Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty.
--Gen. xvii.
28.
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2. To be in want.
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The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger. --Ps.
xxxiv. 10.
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Lack \Lack\ (l[a^]k), n. [OE. lak; cf. D. lak slander, laken to
blame, OHG. lahan, AS. le['a]n.]
1. Blame; cause of blame; fault; crime; offense. [Obs.]
--Chaucer.
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2. Deficiency; want; need; destitution; failure; as, a lack
of sufficient food.
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She swooneth now and now for lakke of blood.
--Chaucer.
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Let his lack of years be no impediment. --Shak.
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Lack \Lack\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lacked} (l[a^]kt); p. pr. &
vb. n. {Lacking}.]
1. To blame; to find fault with. [Obs.]
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Love them and lakke them not. --Piers
Plowman.
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2. To be without or destitute of; to want; to need.
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If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.
--James i. 5.
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Lack \Lack\, interj. [Cf. {Alack}.]
Exclamation of regret or surprise. [Prov. Eng.] --Cowper.
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lack
n 1: the state of needing something that is absent or
unavailable; "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" [synonym:
{lack}, {deficiency}, {want}]
v 1: be without; "This soup lacks salt"; "There is something
missing in my jewelry box!" [synonym: {miss}, {lack}] [ant:
{feature}, {have}]

118 Moby Thesaurus words for "lack":
absence, adulteration, arrearage, awayness, bare cupboard,
bare subsistence, be found wanting, be in want, be insufficient,
be pinched, be poor, beggarliness, beggary, blank, break, collapse,
come short, dearth, decline, defalcation, default, defect,
defectibility, defectiveness, deficiency, deficit, deprivation,
destitution, discontinuity, drought, empty purse, erroneousness,
fail, fail of, fall away, fall short, fall shy, fallibility,
famine, faultiness, gap, go on welfare, grinding poverty, gripe,
hand-to-mouth existence, hiatus, homelessness, immaturity,
impairment, imperfection, impoverishment, impurity, inaccuracy,
inadequacy, inadequateness, incompleteness, indigence,
inexactitude, inexactness, insufficiency, interval, kick the beam,
lacuna, lag, lose ground, mediocrity, mendicancy, miss,
missing link, moneylessness, necessitousness, necessity, need,
neediness, neverness, nonexistence, nonoccurrence, nonpresence,
not answer, not hack it, not make it, not make out, not measure up,
not qualify, not stretch, not suffice, nowhereness, omission,
outage, patchiness, paucity, pauperism, pauperization, penury,
pinch, privation, require, run short, run short of, scantiness,
scarcity, shortage, shortcoming, shortfall, sketchiness, slump,
starvation, starve, stop short, subtraction, ullage, underage,
undevelopment, unevenness, unperfectedness, unsoundness, want,
wantage



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