from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A condition or situation in which something is required or wanted: crops in need of water; a need for affection.
- n. Something required or wanted; a requisite: "Those of us who led the charge for these women's issues ... shared a common vision in the needs of women” ( Olympia Snowe).
- n. Necessity; obligation: There is no need for you to go.
- n. A condition of poverty or misfortune: The family is in dire need.
- auxiliary v. To be under the necessity of or the obligation to: They need not come.
- transitive v. To have need of; require: The family needs money. See Synonyms at lack.
- intransitive v. To be in need or want.
- intransitive v. To be necessary.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A requirement for something.
- n. Something required.
- v. To be necessary (to someone).
- v. To have an absolute requirement for.
- v. To want strongly; to feel that one must have something.
- v. To be obliged or required (to do something).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A state that requires supply or relief; pressing occasion for something; necessity; urgent want.
- n. Want of the means of subsistence; poverty; indigence; destitution.
- n. That which is needful; anything necessary to be done; (pl.) necessary things; business.
- n. Situation of need; peril; danger.
- transitive v. To be in want of; to have cause or occasion for; to lack; to require, as supply or relief.
- intransitive v. To be wanted; to be necessary.
- adv. Of necessity. See needs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The lack of something that is necessary or important; urgent want; necessity.
- n. Specifically, want of the means of subsistence; destitution; poverty; indigence; distress; privation.
- n. Time of want; exigency; emergency: as, “a friend in need is a friend indeed.”
- n. That which is needful; something necessary to be done.
- n. A perilous extremity.
- n. Synonyms Necessity, Need (see necessity and exigency) emergency, strait, extremity, distress.
- n. Want, Indigence, etc. See poverty.
- To have necessity or need for; want; lack; require.
- Synonyms Ward, etc. See lack.
- To be wanted; be necessary: used impersonally.
- Needs; necessarily.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a condition requiring relief
- n. anything that is necessary but lacking
- n. a state of extreme poverty or destitution
- v. have need of
- v. require as useful, just, or proper
- v. have or feel a need for
- n. 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
Middle English nede, from Old English nēod, nēd, distress, necessity.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English need, nede, partly from Old English nīed, nēad ("necessity, inevitableness, need, urgent requirement, compulsion, duty; errand, business; difficulty, hardship, distress, trouble, pain; violence, force"), from Proto-Germanic *naudiz, *nauþiz (“need, trouble, force, distress, compulsion, fate, destiny”), from Proto-Indo-European *nAut- (“torment, misfortune”), from Proto-Indo-European *nāw- (“the dead, corpse”); and partly from Old English nēod ("desire, longing; zeal, eagerness, diligence, earnestness, earnest endeavor; pleasure, delight"), from Proto-Germanic *neudō, *neudaz (“wish, urge, desire, longing”), from Proto-Indo-European *new- (“to incline, tend, move, push, nod, wave”). Cognate with Scots nede ("need"), North Frisian nud ("hardship, danger, fear, self-defense, compulsion, control"), West Frisian need ("need"), Dutch nood ("need, want, distress, peril"), German Not ("need, distress, necessity, hardship"), Swedish nöd ("distress, need, necessity, want"), Icelandic neyð, nauð ("distress, emergency, need"), North Frisian njoe ("requirement, foredeal, benefit, convenience"), Middle Low German nüt ("desire, need, longing"), Middle High German niet ("longing, desire, eagerness, zeal"), German niedlich ("desirable, appealing, lovely, cute"). More at needly. (Wiktionary)
From Old English nēodian. (Wiktionary)