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need

noun

1 need

A condition requiring relief:
— She satisfied his need for affection.
— God has no need of men to accomplish His work.

synonym: demand.

Roget 630: requirement, need, wants, necessities; necessaries, necessaries of life; stress, exigency, pinch, sine qua non, matter of necessity; case of need, case of life or death.    needfulness, ... show more

Dutch: behoefte
Polish: wymóg, konieczność

2 need

Anything that is necessary but lacking:
— He had sufficient means to meet his simple needs.

synonym: want.

Roget 640: insufficiency; inadequacy, inadequateness; incompetence etc. (impotence) 158; deficiency etc. (incompleteness) 53; imperfection etc. 651; ... show more

Roget 865: desire, wish, fancy, fantasy; want, need, exigency.    mind, inclination, leaning, bent, animus, partiality, ... show more

Dutch: nodig hebben, behoefte

3 need

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.

synonyms: motivation, motive.

4 need

A state of extreme poverty or destitution:
— A general state of need exists among the homeless.

synonyms: indigence, pauperism, pauperization, penury.

Roget 804: poverty, indigence, penury, pauperism, destitution, want; need, neediness; lack, necessity, privation, distress, difficulties, ... show more

Dutch: pauperisme, armoe, armoede, armoedigheid, armzaligheid, behoeftigheid, nood, nooddruft
Polish: potrzeba

verb

1 need

Require as useful, just, or proper.

synonyms: ask, call for, demand, involve, necessitate, postulate, require, take.

Roget 630: require, need, want, have occasion for; not be able to do without, not be able to dispense with; prerequire.    render necessary, necessitate, create a, necessity for, call for, put in requisition; ... show more

2 need

Have need of.

synonyms: require, want.

Roget 865: desire; wish, wish for; be desirous etc. adj.. have a longing etc. n.; hope etc. 858.    care for, affect, ... show more

Roget 640: be insufficient etc. adj.; not suffice etc. 639; come short of etc. 304; run dry.    want, lack, need, ... show more

Dutch: behoeven, hoeven

3 need

Have or feel a need for.

Dutch: dienen, hebben, moeten, willen, zullen


Moby thesaurus: absence, ardor, arrearage, ask, bare cupboard, bare necessities, bare subsistence, basic, be forced, be hurting for, be in for, be in want, be indicated, be necessary, be obliged, be pinched, be poor, beggarliness, beggary, break ... show more.

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