Learn English  

Blue Level


Red Level


Yellow Level


Green Level


Purple Level


Orange Level


Violet Level


Video Lessons




American Speech




How to Learn




U.S. Citizenship










The word "lack" is very similar to the negative form of the verb "have." (lack = do not have)

  • They lack a good plan for improving their business.
  • They don't have a good plan for improving their business.
  • He lacks a good education.
  • He doesn't have a good education.
  • This neighborhood lacked a grocery store until last year.
  • This neighborhood didn't have a grocery store until last year.

You can also use the word "lack" as a noun:

  • There's a lack of understanding among the people involved in this situation.
  • A lack of clean water and proper sanitation caused an outbreak of disease.
  • Joe didn't get the job because of his lack of knowledge.
  • The lack of concern shown by the rich towards the poor may eventually cause problems later.

lack water

He's suffering from a lack of water.


Click here to go to the Word of the Day page.


This page was first published on May 6, 2012. It was updated on January 29, 2016.







© 2017 Learn American English Online. All rights reserved.