verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of lack
Examples from the Web for lacked
The court ruled she lacked the maturity to make her own medical decisions.
The 2014 election was a wipeout, progressives say, because Democrats lacked a bold economic message to inspire voters.
He was no teacher, and he lacked the tact required in getting along with his classes.
But that was so yesterday, much like his contention that he lacked the power to unilaterally confer amnesty.With Immigration Move, Obama and the Welfare Party Strike Again|Lloyd Green|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kalman studied literature and wanted to be a writer, but thought she lacked talent.
We could not express ourselves fully if we lacked any of these parts of speech.Plain English|Marian Wharton
Truly, if the lash of remorse had lacked its keenest thong, this passionate outburst of his would have added it.The Master of Appleby|Francis Lynde
It is to be said that Jeff Bransford lacked this becoming delicacy.Bransford of Rainbow Range|Eugene Manlove Rhodes
What they lacked in quality was more than made up in quantity, and rendered delicious by appetite.The Young Trawler|R.M. Ballantyne
Liszt was decidedly at a disadvantage as a composer when he lacked a programme.Franz Liszt|James Huneker
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.