lack ( lacks 3rd person present) ( lacking present participle) ( lacked past tense & past participle )
1 n-uncount If there is a lackof something, there is not enough of it or it does not exist at all.
also a N, usu N of n
Despite his lack of experience, he got the job..., The charges were dropped for lack of evidence..., There is a lack of people wanting to start up new businesses.
2 verb If you say that someone or something lacks a particular quality or that a particular quality is lacking in them, you mean that they do not have any or enough of it.
He lacked the judgment and political acumen for the post of chairman... V n
Certain vital information is lacking in the report. V
4 If you say there is no lack of something, you are emphasizing that there is a great deal of it.
no lack of something phrase PHR n, usu v-link PHR, v PHR (emphasis)
He said there was no lack of things for them to talk about...
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