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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 or lack; indigence; destitution; necessity; a situation of want or peril.
  26. Want; necessity; state that requires relief; urgent want; want of the means of subsistence; indigence.
  27. To want; to lack.
  28. To be wanted or necessary.
  29. Want; occasion for something; necessity; pressing difficulty.
  30. 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.
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Usage examples for need

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