verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of lack
Examples from the Web for lack
There were also crashes not due to either mechanical or human error but to a lack of warning of dangerous conditions.
But this physical involvement, or lack of it, is only part of the problem.
There are a few good ones, Antoine says, but he complained bitterly of a lack of responsiveness.
The following month came, and for lack of a better term, I chickened out.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Big Perm worries that the lack of policing the “small fry” will lead to more crimes by “big fry.”
"If you'll leave off trying to set up science in the place of God we'll overlook your lack of tact," he conceded finally.The Narrow House|Evelyn Scott
Caroline and Beatrix had no lack of society, seated in their saddles outside.Abington Abbey|Archibald Marshall
Almost weaponless as they were, they seemed to lack their ordinary courage.The Boy Scouts in the Rockies|Herbert Carter
At the same time, Lois was also conscious of a lack of response, a dullness, in Theodosia.The Wayfarers|Mary Stewart Cutting
The mind is apt to tire and needs rousing continually, otherwise the work will lack the impulse that shall make it vital.The Practice and Science Of Drawing|Harold Speed
Word Origin for lack
c.1300, "absence, want; shortage, deficiency," perhaps from an unrecorded Old English *lac, or else borrowed from Middle Dutch lak "deficiency, fault;" in either case from Proto-Germanic *laka- (cf. Old Frisian lek "disadvantage, damage," Old Norse lakr "lacking"), from PIE *leg- "to dribble, trickle." Middle English also had lackless "without blame or fault."
late 12c., perhaps from Middle Dutch laken "to be wanting," from lak (n.) "deficiency, fault," or an unrecorded native cognate word (see lack (n.)). Related: Lacked; lacking.