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need

need

 
pronunciation:
nid
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb, auxiliary verb
features:
Word Combinations (noun, verb), Homophone Note
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a requirement or obligation.
A baby has many needs that must be fulfilled by parents or caregivers.Many kids feel a need to rebel.They make just enough money to take care of their basic needs.
synonyms:
essential, must, necessary, obligation, requirement, requisite, sine qua non
similar words:
call, desideratum, duty, necessity, want
definition 2: the lack of something that is required or indispensable.
There is a need for skilled workers.
synonyms:
dearth, deficiency, insufficiency, lack, paucity, scarcity, shortage, want
similar words:
pinch
definition 3: obligation arising from the facts of a situation.
There is no need for you to be worried.
synonyms:
exigency
similar words:
claim, demand, obligation
definition 4: a state of want; poverty.
It is a shame that many people live in need.
synonyms:
destitution, indigence, necessity, penury, poverty, privation, want
similar words:
distress, extremity, misery, pinch, straits, trouble
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: needed, needing, needs
definition 1: to have a requirement for.
They need more money to support their families.All animals need water to live.The house needs painting and the windows need washing.
synonyms:
call for, claim, demand, require, want
similar words:
exact
definition 2: to have or feel the necessity or obligation (to do something).
You need to sign the form on the front and back.I need to leave now, or I'll miss the bus.I'm tired; I need to take a break.
similar words:
must
definition 3: to require out of necessity or earnestly want (another to do something).
Your country needs you to fight.We need them to help us, or we'll never get this finished.I need him to tell me he loves me.
similar words:
require, want
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to be in want of something.
She needs for nothing.
synonyms:
lack, want
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part of speech: auxiliary verb
inflections: needed, needing, needs
definition: to be under a necessity or an obligation (used mainly in negative statements or interrogatives).
You need not explain; I understand perfectly.He need not have attended the meeting; it didn't really concern him.They needn't be worried; everything will be fine.Need I be concerned about this?Need you leave so soon?
synonyms:
should
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word knead (to press or rub)? Need and knead sound alike but have different meanings.