lack

If you lack something, you need or want something that's missing. When there's a lack of food, people starve.

There are a lot of things lacking in the world. If you have no video games, then you're lacking them. People who are thirsty and starving lack food and water. Many people lack money and health care. A lack of something is the opposite of an abundance of something. If you have plenty of books, then you don't lack them — though you may lack enough time to read them all.

Definitions of lack
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n the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable

“there is a serious lack of insight into the problem”
Synonyms:
deficiency, want
Types:
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absence
the state of being absent
dearth, famine, shortage
an acute insufficiency
deficit
a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning
mineral deficiency
lack of a mineral micronutrient that is essential for normal nutrition or metabolism
shortness
the condition of being short of something
stringency, tightness
a state occasioned by scarcity of money and a shortage of credit
nonoccurrence
absence by virtue of not occurring
awayness
the state of being elsewhere than in particular place
sideropenia
a deficiency of iron; results from inadequate iron in the diet or from hemorrhage
Type of:
demand, need
a condition requiring relief

v be without

“This soup lacks salt”
Synonyms:
miss
Antonyms:
feature, have
have as a feature
have, have got, hold
have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
have, own, possess
have ownership or possession of
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Types:
want
be without, lack; be deficient in
exclude
lack or fail to include

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