English Words in Action, Group L

(a variety of English words which have developed through history and are currently used in our modern age)

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label (LAY buhl) (s) (noun), labels (pl)
1. A tag or marker attached to something to identify it: All of the sale items had special labels.
2. Etymology: from Old French, label, "ribbon" and it may go back to Dutch lap, "rag, patch".
label (verb), labels; labeled; labeling (verbs)
To mark something with an identification tag or a marker: Aaron, please be sure to label all of the test tubes for tomorrow's chemistry class.
labor (LAY buhr) (s) (noun); labors (pl)
1. Work, effort and energy that is put into a project or an undertaking: It is obvious that a great deal of labor went into the building of the Egyptian pyramids.
2. The process of giving birth including the discomfort and pain associated with giving birth: Haley went into labor four hours before her little girl was born.
3. Toil, work, or physical endeavor: James survived his labors in the coal mines for four decades.
labor (adjective), more labor, most labor
Descriptive of individuals who work, complete tasks, or get things done: Most of the nation's labor positions have been significantly reduced because of the current economy.
labored (LAY buhrd) (adjective), more labored, most labored
1. Descriptive of movement that is stiff, strained, ponderous: The old woman moved in a labored way as she went up the steps to her apartment.
2. Descriptive of something as contrived, strained, unnatural, or forced: Logan's so-called jokes were so labored that his fellow workers didn't want to hear them.
laborer (LAY buhr uhr) (s) (noun), laborers (pl)
An individual who engages in physical or manual work which is often unskilled: Before Cary started his successful business career, he was a laborer on his father's farm.
lacerate (LAS uh rayt") (verb), lacerates; lacerated; lacerating
1. To cut or to slash in a ragged, uneven, painful manner: Grover could see that the broken glass of the window lacerated Dolly's arms.
2. Etymology: from Latin lacerare, "to mangle, to tear to pieces".
lack (LAK) (s) (noun), lacks (pl)
1. A complete absence of a particular thing: Lack of sleep made it difficult for Bianca to concentrate on her studies.

Royce's lack of a university education disturbed him as he grew older.

2. Something which is needed but is in short supply or is not available: Lacks of sufficient food for Emilio resulted in his having a weakened condition.
3. A particular deficiency or absence of something: Blaine had a lack of funds that were necessary to start his business.

The police charges against Karl were dropped for lack of evidence.

4. A situation in which there is not enough of something: The flowers died because there was a lack of moisture and so the soil was too dry.
lack (verb), lacks; lacked; lacking
1. To not have enough of something that is desired: The author's book lacks proper structure or interest.

The mother lacks the money that is needed to buy new shoes for her children.

2. To have too little of something: What Michael lacks in patience, he makes up for it in determination.
3. To fall short by a small amount: Barbara was lacking just ten cents of having the full amount to pay for the magazine that she wanted to buy.
lackadaisical (adjective), more lackadaisical, most lackadaisical
1. Pertaining to being without much enthusiasm, energy, or effort: Elwood's teacher said that he is a lackadaisical pupil because he doesn't show any interest in learning.
2. Descriptive of being idle or indolent; especially, in a dreamy way: Leila was annoyingly lackadaisical because she often just looked out the window, didn’t clean up the kitchen like her mother asked her, and she didn't complete her homework until quite late at night or not at all.
Listless and without interest or spirit.
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lackadaisically (adverb), more lackadaisically, most lackadaisically
Lacking spirit, liveliness, or interest: Rod and Quentin said the food at the restaurant was good enough, but they didn't appreciate the lackadaisically slow service.
lackey (s) (noun), lackeys (pl)
A person who is or who acts like a weak servant of someone who is in a position of power: Bart was accused of being a spineless lackey of the company's president.

Some celebrities are often embarrassed in public when they are surrounded by so manylackeys.

lacking (adjective), more lacking, most lacking
1. A descriptive term for inadequate qualifications: Shauna was told that she was lacking experience and training so she would be disqualified for the job she was seeking.
2. A reference to something that is necessary but which is nonexistent or completely missing: Mildred was lacking in stamina which hampered her from completing the marathon.
lackluster (U.S.), lacklustre (British) (adjective); more lackluster, more lacklustre; most lackluster, most lacklustre
Without excitement or interest: Kermit's lackluster performance on the stage was a disappointment to the audience.
Pertaining to a lack of vitality and being dull.
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lag (verb), lags; lagged; lagging
1. To happen or to develop more slowly than expected or wanted; Production was continually lagging far behind demand at the factory.
2. Hanging back or falling behind: Jeremy kept lagging behind the rest of the hikers because he lacked the necessary stamina to keep up with them.

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