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Definitions of need

  1. a state of extreme poverty or destitution; " their indigence appalled him"; " a general state of need exists among the homeless"
  2. a condition requiring relief; " she satisfied his need for affection"; " God has no need of men to accomplish His work"; " there is a demand for jobs"
  3. be obliged, required, or forced to; " She has to get her driver's license"
  4. the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior; " we did not understand his motivation"; " he acted with the best of motives"
  5. anything that is necessary but lacking; " he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs"; " I tried to supply his wants"
  6. have need of; " This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"
  7. have or feel a need for; " always needing friends and money"
  8. be in want of
  9. A state that requires supply or relief; pressing occasion for something; necessity; urgent want.
  10. Want of the means of subsistence; poverty; indigence; destitution.
  11. Situation of need; peril; danger.
  12. To be in want of; to have cause or occasion for; to lack; to require, as supply or relief.
  13. To be wanted; to be necessary.
  14. Of necessity. See Needs.
  15. Lack of anything desired or useful; necessity; urgent want; poverty; distress.
  16. To be in want of; to require.
  17. Necessity: a state that requires relief: want.
  18. To have occasion for: to want.
  19. NEEDER.
  20. Necessity; want; destitution.
  21. To be compelled, or under necessity.
  22. To want; require.
  23. To be in want of; require.
  24. To be necessary or required.
  25. Want; necessity; state that requires relief; urgent want; want of the means of subsistence; indigence.
  26. To want; to lack.
  27. To be wanted or necessary.
  28. Want; occasion for something; necessity; pressing difficulty.
  29. To want; to require; to have necessity for; in the third pers. sing. pres., need is employed as an auxiliary, and drops the usual terminating s, as he need not come.

Usage examples for need

  1. That is what you need. – The Re-Creation of Brian Kent by Harold Bell Wright
  2. " You need not be. – Shenac's Work at Home by Margaret Murray Robertson
  3. Let's give them the chance they need. – State of the Union Addresses of Jimmy Carter by Jimmy Carter
  4. Do you think I need help? – Christina by L. G. Moberly
  5. I don't mean I need to. – Simon by J. Storer Clouston
  6. " You don't need to. – They of the High Trails by Hamlin Garland
  7. " You need not tell me about it, Terence. – With Moore At Corunna by G. A. Henty
  8. Take as much time as you need. – A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis by Melvin Powers
  9. Then you do not think I need let her have them? – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  10. I need them at once. – The House of Torchy by Sewell Ford
  11. No; I need not go. – The Everlasting Arms by Joseph Hocking
  12. " I didn't need to. – Lady-Betty-Across-the-Water by Lowell, Orson
  13. Oh, you need not look at me that way! – The Clique of Gold by Emile Gaboriau
  14. No need to ask that. – The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  15. Need I say that I don't see very much of them? – Cecil Castlemaine's Gage, Lady Marabout's Troubles, and Other Stories by Ouida
  16. " I think," he said, " there's nothing that need keep us here." – Delilah of the Snows by Harold Bindloss
  17. I need to go back. – An Apostate: Nawin of Thais by Steven Sills
  18. You need not go through it all again. – Winston of the Prairie by Harold Bindloss
  19. We need you out here." – The-Life-of-Me-an-autobiography by Johnson, Clarence Edgar
  20. " No, there is no need. – King--of the Khyber Rifles by Talbot Mundy
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