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need

need

pronunciation:
nid
parts of speech:
noun, verb
features:
Homophone Note
part of speech: noun
definition 1: something that you want or must have.
I have a need to be with my family.
similar words:
duty, necessity
definition 2: the lack of something that is necessary.
The crops are in need of rain.There is a need for skilled workers at the factory.
synonyms:
lack
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: needed, needing, needs
definition: to require.
Humans need water to live.
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word knead (to press or rub)? Need and knead sound alike but have different meanings.