A requirement for something; something needed.
‘There's no need to speculate; we can easily find out for sure.’; ‘She grew irritated with his constant need for attention.’; ‘Our needs are not being met.’; ‘I've always tried to have few needs beyond food, clothing and shelter.’;
(archaic) Of necessity; necessarily; indispensably; often with must, and equivalent to "of need".
‘One must needs run when the devil drives.’;
Lack of means of subsistence; poverty; indigence; destitution.
plural of need
(transitive) To have an absolute requirement for.
‘Living things need water to survive.’;
Of necessity; necessarily; indispensably; - often with must, and equivalent to of need.
‘A man must needs love mauger his head.’; ‘And he must needs go through Samaria.’; ‘He would needs know the cause of his repulse.’;
(transitive) To want strongly; to feel that one must have something.
‘After ten days of hiking, I needed a shower and a shave.’;
in such a manner as could not be otherwise;
‘it is necessarily so’; ‘we must needs by objective’;
(modal verb) To be obliged or required (to do something).
‘You need not go if you don't want to.’;
(intransitive) To be required; to be necessary.
To be necessary (to someone).
A state that requires supply or relief; pressing occasion for something; necessity; urgent want.
‘And the city had no need of the sun.’; ‘I have no need to beg.’; ‘Be governed by your needs, not by your fancy.’;
Want of the means of subsistence; poverty; indigence; destitution.
‘Famine is in thy cheeks;Need and oppression starveth in thine eyes.’;
That which is needful; anything necessary to be done; (pl.) necessary things; business.
Situation of need; peril; danger.
To be in want of; to have cause or occasion for; to lack; to require, as supply or relief.
‘Other creatures all day longRove idle, unemployed, and less need rest.’;
To be wanted; to be necessary.
‘When we have done it, we have done all that is in our power, and all that needs.’;
Of necessity. See Needs.
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’;
anything that is necessary but lacking;
‘he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs’; ‘I tried to supply his wants’;
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’;
a state of extreme poverty or destitution;
‘their indigence appalled him’; ‘a general state of need exists among the homeless’;
require as useful, just, or proper;
‘It takes nerve to do what she did’; ‘success usually requires hard work’; ‘This job asks a lot of patience and skill’; ‘This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice’; ‘This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert’; ‘This intervention does not postulates a patient's consent’;
have need of;
‘This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner’;
have or feel a need for;
‘always needing friends and money’;
A need is something that is necessary for an organism to live a healthy life. Needs are distinguished from wants.