lack lack  /ˈlæk/


  1. (n) the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
  2. (v) be without



  1. Aid workers and diplomats say smaller cities lack regular electricity and people still can't get enough to eat.
  2. Again, the lack of adequate resources to support an overburdened criminal justice system looms as a reality.
  3. In an extraordinary decision, Judge Camarata denied the Burkes' right to the child because of their lack of belief in a Supreme Being.


  1. Education notebook

    Lack of clause in law stalls petition The lack of an emergency clause in a 2013 piece of legislation kept Jacksonville leaders from proceeding with plans to ask the state Board of Education last week for a special election on creating a new Jacksonville school system.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  2. Senators show lack of compassion with Medicaid vote

    A lack of compassion — there is no vaccine for it, lotion, potion or pill, even acupuncture cannot effect a cure. Not to worry! What cannot be done medically can be done politically, at the ballot box.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Exeter News-Letter

  3. Lack of water, fewer mosquitoes expected

    While the lack of water is troublesome for farmers and ranchers, it does make for a shorter and lighter mosquito season for the Mason Valley Mosquito Abatement District.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Mason Valley News


  1. "Beyond their lack of intelligence value -- as the interrogation sessions had already been exhaustively detailed in written channels -- and the absence of any legal or internal reason to keep them, the tapes posed a serious security risk,"...
    on Dec 7, 2007 By: Michael Hayden Source:

  2. "From the borrower's point of view ...... these changes may feel like a reduction in the supply of credit," he said. "From the lender's point of view, the problem appears to be a lack of demand from creditworthy borrowers."
    on Jun 26, 2010 By: Ben Bernanke Source: Fresno Bee

  3. "Kagan's lack of judicial experience and short time as Solicitor General, arguing just six cases before the Court, is troubling," he said.
    on May 10, 2010 By: Jeff Sessions Source: Environment News Service

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languish languish
/ˈlæŋɡ wɪʃ /