Definition of Need

1. Verb. Require as useful, just, or proper. "They need him to write the letter"; "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"

Exact synonyms: Ask, Call For, Demand, Involve, Necessitate, Postulate, Require, Take
Specialized synonyms: Claim, Exact, Take, Govern, Draw, Cost, Cry For, Cry Out For, Compel
Related verbs: Claim, Exact, Take
Derivative terms: Demand, Demand, Necessity, Necessity, Requirement
Antonyms: Obviate

2. Noun. A condition requiring relief. "There is a demand for jobs"
Exact synonyms: Demand
Generic synonyms: Condition, Status
Specialized synonyms: Deficiency, Lack, Want, Necessity
Derivative terms: Demand

3. Verb. Have need of. "They need to move "; "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"
Exact synonyms: Require, Want
Specialized synonyms: Cry
Generic synonyms: Be
Derivative terms: Requirement, Want, Want, Wanter

4. Noun. Anything that is necessary but lacking. "I tried to supply his wants"
Exact synonyms: Want
Generic synonyms: Essential, Necessary, Necessity, Requirement, Requisite
Derivative terms: Want, Want

5. Verb. Have or feel a need for. "Always needing friends and money"

6. Noun. 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. "He acted with the best of motives"

7. Noun. A state of extreme poverty or destitution. "A general state of need exists among the homeless"
Exact synonyms: Indigence, Pauperism, Pauperization, Penury
Generic synonyms: Impoverishment, Poorness, Poverty
Specialized synonyms: Beggary, Mendicancy, Mendicity
Derivative terms: Indigent, Needy, Pauperize, Penurious

Definition of Need

1. n. A state that requires supply or relief; pressing occasion for something; necessity; urgent want.

2. v. t. To be in want of; to have cause or occasion for; to lack; to require, as supply or relief.

3. v. i. To be wanted; to be necessary.

4. adv. Of necessity. See Needs.

Definition of Need

1. Noun. (countable and uncountable) A requirement for something. ¹

2. Noun. Something required. ¹

3. Verb. (obsolete) To be necessary (to someone). ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To have an absolute requirement for. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To want strongly; to feel that one must have something. ¹

6. Verb. (context: modal verb) To be obliged or required (to do something). ¹

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Definition of Need

1. to have an urgent or essential use for [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Need

1. 1. A state that requires supply or relief; pressing occasion for something; necessity; urgent want. "And the city had no need of the sun." (Rev. Xxi. 23) "I have no need to beg." (Shak) "Be governed by your needs, not by your fancy." (Jer. Taylor) 2. Want of the means of subsistence; poverty; indigence; destitution. "Famine is in thy cheeks; Need and oppression starveth in thine eyes." (Shak) 3. That which is needful; anything necessary to be done; (pl) necessary things; business. 4. Situation of need; peril; danger. Synonym: Exigency, emergency, strait, extremity, necessity, distress, destitution, poverty, indigence, want, penury. Need, Necessity. Necessity is stronger than need; it places us under positive compulsion. We are frequently under the necessity of going without that of which we stand very greatly in need. It is also with the corresponding adjectives; necessitous circumstances imply the direct pressure of suffering; needy circumstances, the want of aid or relief. Origin: OE. Need, neod, nede, AS. Nead, n

Lexicographical Neighbors of Need

nee nor
nee way
need (current term)
need I say more
need it yesterday
need not

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