Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

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parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb, auxiliary verb
grammatical pattern:
verb + gerund, verb + inf., verb + smby + inf., verb + smth + past part, verb + for smby + inf., There + VERB + to be, modal + bare inf.
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.
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.
dearth, deficiency, insufficiency, lack, paucity, scarcity, shortage, want
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definition 3: obligation arising from the facts of a situation.
There is no need for you to be worried.
similar words:
claim, demand, obligation
definition 4: a state of want; poverty.
It is a shame that many people live in need.
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: needs, needing, needed
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.[verb + gerund ]
call for, claim, demand, require, want
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definition 2: to have or feel the obligation or necessity (to do or be something).
You need to sign the form on the front and back.[verb + inf. ] I need to leave now, or I'll miss the bus.[verb + inf. ] These patients need to be in bed.I'm tired; I need to take a break.[verb + inf. ]
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definition 3: to require out of necessity or earnestly want.
Your country needs you to fight.[verb + smby + inf. ] We need them to help us, or we'll never get this finished.[verb + smby + inf. ] I need him to tell me he loves me.[verb + smby + inf. ] The boss needs this done by tomorrow.[verb + smth + past part ] I need all the carpets vacuumed before the guests start to arrive.[verb + smth + past part ] This item needs to be first on the agenda.[verb + inf. ] These papers and folders need to be organized.[verb + inf. ] I need for you to be patient just a little longer.[verb + for smby + inf. ]
similar words:
require, want
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to be in want of something.
She needs for nothing.
lack, want
definition 2: to be necessary.
There needs to be a sturdy railing along these steps.[There + VERB + to be ]
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part of speech: auxiliary verb
inflections: needs, needing, needed
definition: to be under a necessity or an obligation (used mainly in negative statements or interrogatives).
You need not explain; I understand perfectly.[modal + bare inf. ] He need not have attended the meeting; it didn't really concern him.[modal + bare inf. ] They needn't be worried; everything will be fine.[modal + bare inf. ] Need I be concerned about this?[modal + bare inf. ] Need you leave so soon?[modal + bare inf. ]
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word knead (to press or rub)? Need and knead sound alike but have different meanings.