Lack vs. Lacking

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  • Lack (noun)

    A defect or failing; moral or spiritual degeneracy.

  • Lack (noun)

    A deficiency or need (of something desirable or necessary); an absence, want.

  • Lack (verb)

    To be without, to need, to require.

    "My life lacks excitement."

  • Lack (verb)

    To be short (of or for something).

    "He'll never lack for company while he's got all that money."

  • Lack (verb)

    To be in want.

  • Lack (verb)

    To see the deficiency in (someone or something); to find fault with, to malign, reproach.

  • Lacking (noun)

    The absence of something; a lack.

  • Lacking (adjective)

    Missing or not having enough of (a good quality, etc).

    "This cheese is lacking in pungency."

Webster Dictionary
  • Lack (noun)

    the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable;

    "there is a serious lack of insight into the problem"

    "water is the critical deficiency in desert regions"

    "for want of a nail the shoe was lost"

  • Lack (verb)

    be without;

    "This soup lacks salt"

    "There is something missing in my jewellery box!"

  • Lacking (adjective)

    not existing;

    "innovation has been sadly lacking"

    "character development is missing from the book"

  • Lacking (adjective)

    inadequate in amount or degree;

    "a deficient education"

    "deficient in common sense"

    "lacking in stamina"

    "tested and found wanting"

Princeton's WordNet

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