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Lack vs. Shortage

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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.

  • Shortage (noun)

    A lack or deficiency; an insufficient amount.

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  • Lack (noun)

    Blame; cause of blame; fault; crime; offense.

  • Lack (noun)

    Deficiency; want; need; destitution; failure; as, a lack of sufficient food.

  • Lack

    To blame; to find fault with.

  • Lack

    To be without or destitute of; to want; to need.

  • Lack (verb)

    To be wanting; often, impersonally, with of, meaning, to be less than, short, not quite, etc.

  • Lack (verb)

    To be in want.

  • Lack (interjection)

    Exclamation of regret or surprise.

  • Shortage (noun)

    Amount or extent of deficiency, as determined by some requirement or standard; as, a shortage in money accounts.

Webster Dictionary
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  • 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!"

  • Shortage (noun)

    the property of being an amount by which something is less than expected or required

  • Shortage (noun)

    an acute insufficiency

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