Need

Word NEED
Character 4
Hyphenation need
Pronunciations /niːd/

Definitions and meanings of "Need"

What do we mean by need?

A condition or situation in which something must be supplied in order for a certain condition to be maintained or a desired state to be achieved. noun

Something required or wanted; a requisite. noun

Necessity; obligation. noun

A condition of poverty or misfortune. noun

To be under the necessity of or the obligation to. intransitive verb

To have need of; require. intransitive verb

To have an obligation (to do something). intransitive verb

To be subject (to an action) by obligation. intransitive verb

To want to be subject to. intransitive verb

To be in need or want. intransitive verb

To be necessary. intransitive verb

Needs; necessarily.

The lack of something that is necessary or important; urgent want; necessity. noun

Specifically, want of the means of subsistence; destitution; poverty; indigence; distress; privation. noun

Time of want; exigency; emergency: as, “a friend in need is a friend indeed.” noun

That which is needful; something necessary to be done. noun

A perilous extremity. noun

Synonyms Necessity, Need (see necessity and exigency) emergency, strait, extremity, distress. noun

Want, Indigence, etc. See poverty. noun

To have necessity or need for; want; lack; require.

A requirement for something; something needed.

Lack of means of subsistence; poverty; indigence; destitution.

Synonyms and Antonyms for Need

The word "need" in example sentences

However, as president we need a leader who can bring people together and get things done for the good of all Americans, that is why we * need* Obama. ❋ Unknown (2009)

If I could be sure that all parents who opt their kids out of the courses would teach them what they need to know -- not what the parents want them to know, but *need* to know, then I wouldn't have said what I said. ❋ Steve Perry (2007)

But it's not the sex or the kid who has a baby at 17 or the fact that people who need to can get divorced, it's that you don't *need* a reason to get divorced anymore, and the sex outside of marriage is *expected* and that it's not about helping someone through a bad time it's about redefining the "bad time" as something good. ❋ Ann Althouse (2007)

No need to realize that if you have some good solid cooking skills, you don't *need* her ridiculous show. ❋ Unknown (2007)

Helen Baker must leave college, because they need her _at home_, -- just think, _need her_! ❋ Mabel Osgood Wright (1896)

Reports, it may be worth while to notice that he never but once in his life advertised the public of any need, and that was the _need of more orphans_ -- more to care for in the name of the Lord -- a single and singular ease of advertising, by which he sought not to increase his ❋ Unknown (1874)

We're concerned about how it will affect our lives (sleep, I need it to be a happy person -- no, really I * need* it; we would hate to go back to the financial place where we have to count every penny; we don't live near family; neither of us have much experience with babies; etc.) ❋ Unknown (2009)

However, if the regular use of a high temperature will not harm the product, the label need not mention any drying temperature. ❋ CHERYL MENDELSON (2005)

However, if the regular use of hot water will not harm the product, the label need not mention any water temperature. ❋ CHERYL MENDELSON (2005)

However, if all commercially available types of solvent can be used, the label need not mention any types of solvent. ❋ CHERYL MENDELSON (2005)

Rather, under the rule as it now stands, “the label need have only one of these instructions.” ❋ CHERYL MENDELSON (2005)

However, if the regular use of a hot iron will not harm the product, the label need not mention any ironing temperature. ❋ CHERYL MENDELSON (2005)

A If all commercially available bleaches can safely be used on a regular basis, the label need not mention bleaching. ❋ CHERYL MENDELSON (2005)

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