lack verb

ADV. really | completely, entirely She completely lacks confidence. | apparently He apparently lacked the desire to learn. | clearly, conspicuously, manifestly, obviously | simply Perhaps you simply lack the intelligence to realize just how serious this is? | otherwise Her high-heeled shoes gave her the height she otherwise lacked. | somehow His claim somehow lacked conviction.

VERB + LACK appear to, seem to His life seemed to lack direction.