Lack is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand lack (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use lack in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of lack, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of lack, followed by 45 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
EXAMPLES - Lack in a Sentence
- November 25, 2008 at 10:15 pm what you call lack of emotion is actually profesionalism. (source)
- Tonigh Roland blogs about what he called the lack of leadership in the Democratic Party. (source)
- That ` s what we call a lack of conscience, remorse and disregard for the rights of others. (source)
- Our detractors at times accuse us of what they refer to as the lack of confrontation in Parliament. (source)
- COOPER: Let's play that John Edwards byte where he criticized them for what he termed lack of leadership. (source)
- Shalit says he's disappointed in what he calls the lack of interest in his fate by the Israeli government. (source)
- Shalit says that he's disappointed in what he calls a lack of interest in his fate by the Israeli government. (source)
- On Monday, Omar blamed the court action mainly on what he described as a lack of information and consultation. (source)
- They inundated journalists with e - mails on Edwards 'track record in the Senate, or what they called a lack of. (source)
- De Lange also commented on what he called a lack of reliable statistics from the department of correctional services. (source)
- Former candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani slamming Obama's record or what he called a lack of one. (source)
- President Thabo Mbeki on Monday, expressing concern at what he called the lack of a clear government strategy on Lesotho. (source)
- WELNA: The panel's top Republican, Indiana's Richard Luger, complained of what he called a lack of clarity on Afghanistan. (source)
- Earlier this week Tsvangirai, in his weekly message to the people of Zimbabwe, said he despaired of what he called the lack of (source)
- All three were eventually cleared by their respective national cycling federations for what they called a lack of clear evidence. (source)
- The Democratic Alliance is concerned at what it calls the lack of progress in the metro police chief Robert Mcbride's case, it said. (source)
- But the majority of Republicans are expected to oppose her, citing what they describe as her lack of qualifications and other reasons. (source)
- "I voted yes with great reservation," panel member Dr. James K. Stoller said, citing what he called a lack of strength in J&J's studies. (source)
- I told him with some feeling that if my condition was what he called a lack of memory, I was more than glad to have nothing else to remember. (source)
- Journalists at the briefing expressed concern over what they called a lack of proper press facilities to allow good coverage of events in the House. (source)
- Although he had to dismiss his childhood ambition to be a professional skier due to what he calls a "lack of talent," Mr. Bamber is a keen triathlete. (source)
- He also took to task Republicans, the Tea Party and what he called the lack of shared sacrifice in both the economy and the just-passed debt ceiling bill. (source)
- When Larry Bradford started shopping for a home, he was surprised by what he described as the lack of choices in the Fairfax City neighborhoods he was eyeing. (source)
- SA Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni earlier in the week expressed concern at what he described as a lack of up-to-date information about the level of employment. (source)
- Smit expressed concern about what he described as a lack of human rights culture in the Free State, saying this made investigations such as this all the more difficult. (source)
- Cooks outlines the various poll ratings going against Bush, including a 46% "strongly disapprove" for Bush, and what he calls a lack of voter motivation on the GOP side. (source)
- One of his complaints about ARC was what he called a lack of funding from New York, though the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was paying about one-third of its cost. (source)
- But in a brief telephone call from Athens after talks with Greek officials, Mr. Dallara expressed concern over what he called the "lack of clear process" to complete negotiations. (source)
- Palin has taken shots at Obama before, including over his handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and what she called his lack of executive experience before assuming the presidency. (source)
- He blamed Kahn's departure on what he termed the lack of political will of the African National Congress to implement the crime fighting strategies proposed in last year's crime summit. (source)
- Marcia Angell, a Harvard Medical School senior lecturer, wrote a book called "Science on Trial" in 1996 criticizing what she called a lack of evidence behind the assertions of implant risks. (source)
- Monday expressed strong dissatisfaction with what it termed a lack of progress by a steering committee in finding ways to dispose of toxic mercury waste stockpiled at the Thor chemical plant in (source)
- Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh on Monday focused on Mr. Obama's message of "re-connecting" with women and minority voters, castigating what he called a lack of effort to connect with white voters. (source)
- The pope condemned a widening campaign against Christians in the Middle East in his homily at St. Peter's Basilica, echoing comments last month in which he called a lack of religious freedom a threat to world security. (source)
- Lack of confidence During a debate in the British Parliament Thursday, Finance Minister George Osborne blamed the stock market drops on what he called a lack of confidence in ability of governments to repay their debts. (source)
- Domscheit-Berg, who went under the pseudonym Daniel Schmitt, told the Associated Press he quit WikiLeaks after falling out with Assange over what he described as the lack of transparency in the group's decision-making process. (source)
- In his remarks, President Obama referred again to what he called a lack of political will in Washington and an "insistence on drawing lines in the sand" that he said needs to be changed as the deficit and debt debate moves forward. (source)
- Members of the 26,800-member Seattle-area International Machinists and Aerospace Workers voted overwhelming to strike earlier this week, unhappy with proposed pay raises, health-care costs and what it calls a lack of guaranteed job security. (source)
- Domscheit-Berg, who during his time with WikiLeaks often went under the pseudonym Daniel Schmitt, said he quit the project after falling out with Assange over what he described as the lack of transparency in the group's decision-making process. (source)
- HONG KONG -- A Chinese investor group is stepping up its battle to buy control of Hurray Holding Co., criticizing the Chinese ringtone provider for what it called a lack of transparency and saying it may revise its offer if a competing bidder emerges. (source)
- Tim Pawlenty, who has lagged behind in national public-opinion polls, came out swinging: He jabbed front-runner Mitt Romney, mocking his wealth, and he criticized surging fellow Minnesotan Michele Bachmann for what he called her lack of experience and successes. (source)
- But with the White House changing hands in two weeks and President-elect Barack Obama declining to take a public stand on the conflict, some diplomats and foreign-policy experts are worried about what they describe as a lack of direction from the U.S. on the issue. (source)
- "The question as I presented it to him is I had actually been hearing a lot of buzz in the Pentagon from military leaders that they had been concerned about the south, and again, what they call a lack of capability of the NATO forces in the south in counterinsurgency," said Spiegel in Los Angeles. (source)
- One of the hallmarks of Mr. Liu's first year as comptroller has been his office's intense scrutiny of the city's Economic Development Corp. Mr. Liu has voted against the vast majority of the agency's economic-development projects to protest what he called a lack of transparency in how projects get selected. (source)
- More photos and interactive graphics Escalating tensions, the Gulf Arab countries brokering negotiations between the Yemeni strongman and the wide-ranging political opposition calling for an end to his 32-year rule suspended their efforts because of what they called the "lack of appropriate conditions" for a peaceful handover of power. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 45 example sentences provided below is 54.0, which suggests that "lack" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 38 synonyms for lack.
abridgement, absence, curtailment, dearth, decrease, default, defect, deficit, depletion, deprivation, destitution, distress, exigency, exiguity, inadequacy, inferiority, insufficience, insufficiency, loss, meagerness, miss, necessity, paucity, poverty, privation, reduction, retrenchment, scantiness, scarcity, shortage, shortcoming, shortfall, shortness, shrinkage, shrinking, slightness, stint, want
We have 18 antonyms for lack.
abundance, addition, advantage, affluence, enlargement, enough, excess, expansion, extra, increase, lot, perfection, plenty, plethora, profusion, success, sufficiency, surplus
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of lack from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) Deficiency or absence: Lack of funding brought the project to a halt.
- (noun) A particular deficiency or absence: Owing to a lack of supporters, the reforms did not succeed.
- (verb-transitive) To be without or in need of: lacked the strength to lift the box.
- (verb-intransitive) To be missing or deficient: We suspected that he was lying, but proof was lacking.
- (verb-intransitive) To be in need of something: She does not lack for friends.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A defect or failing; moral or spiritual degeneracy.
- (noun) A deficiency or need (of something desirable or necessary); an absence, want.
- (verb) To be without, to need, to require.
- (verb) To be short (of or for something).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) Blame; cause of blame; fault; crime; offense.
- (noun) Deficiency; want; need; destitution; failure.
- (verb-transitive) To blame; to find fault with.
- (verb-transitive) To be without or destitute of; to want; to need.
- (verb-intransitive) To be wanting; often, impersonally, with of, meaning, to be less than, short, not quite, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) Want or deficiency of something requisite or desirable; defect; failure; need.
- (noun) Want of presence; a state of being away; absence.
- (noun) A want; defect; a blemish; especially, a moral defect; a fault in character.
- (noun) A fault committed; an offense; a censurable act.
- (noun) Blame; reproach; rebuke; censure.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
- (verb) be without