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English Definitionto lack; to be short of; lack; shortage
Simplified Script缺乏
Traditional ScriptSame
Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo)ㄑㄩㄝ ㄈㄚˊ
Cantonese (Jyutping)kyut3fat6
Part of Speech(形) adjective
Proficiency Test LevelHSK=5; TOP=Intermediate
Word Decomposition
quēdeficiency; lack; scarce; vacant post; to run short of
short of; tired

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Words With Same Head Word    
缺少quēshǎolack; shortage of; shortfall; to be short (of); to lack
缺点quēdiǎnweak point; fault; shortcoming; disadvantage
缺陷quēxiàndefect; flaw; physical defect
缺席quēxíabsence; absent
缺口quēkǒunick; jag; gap; shortfall
Words With Same Tail Word    
疲乏pífátired; weary
贫乏pínfáimpoverished; lacking; deficient; limited; meager; impoverishment; lack; deficiency
不乏bùfáthere is no lack of
匮乏kuìfáto be deficient in something; to be short of something (supplies, money etc)
承乏chéngfáto accept a position on a provisional basis, in the absence of better qualified candidates (humble expr.)
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