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need

need

 
pronunciation:
nid
parts of speech:
noun, verb, auxiliary verb
features:
Homophone Note
part of speech: noun
definition 1: something that one wants or must have.
I have a need to be with my family.
synonyms:
essential, obligation, requirement
similar words:
duty, necessity, want
definition 2: the lack of something that is necessary or essential.
The crops are in need of rain.There is a need for skilled workers.
synonyms:
deficiency, lack, shortage, want
similar words:
pinch
definition 3: a state of want; poverty.
It is a shame that many people live in need.
synonyms:
poverty, want
similar words:
distress, extremity, misery, pinch, straits, trouble
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: needed, needing, needs
definition 1: to have a requirement for.
Humans need water to live.
synonyms:
call for, claim, demand, require, want
similar words:
exact
definition 2: to have or feel the necessity (to do something).
You need to stay in bed until your fever is gone.I need to go home now, or I'll be in trouble.
similar words:
must
 
part of speech: auxiliary verb
inflections: needed, needing, needs
definition: to have to do because it is necessary or demanded.
Need I explain every single detail?You need not go to the meeting.
synonyms:
should
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word knead (to press or rub)? Need and knead sound alike but have different meanings.