American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To be under the necessity of or the obligation to: They need not come.
- v. To have need of; require: The family needs money. See Synonyms at lack.
- v. To be in need or want.
- v. To be necessary.
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.
- n. countable and uncountable A requirement for something.
- n. Something required.
- v. obsolete To be necessary (to someone).
- v. transitive To have an absolute requirement for.
- v. transitive To want strongly; to feel that one must have something.
- v. modal verb To be obliged or required (to do something).
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. obsolete That which is needful; anything necessary to be done; (pl.) necessary things; business.
- n. obsolete Situation of need; peril; danger.
- v. To be in want of; to have cause or occasion for; to lack; to require, as supply or relief.
- v. To be wanted; to be necessary.
- adv. obsolete Of necessity. See needs.
- 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
- 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)
- Middle English nede, from Old English nēod, nēd, distress, necessity. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“However, as president we need a leader who can bring people together and get things done for the good of all Americans, that is why we * need* Obama.”
“But it's not the sex or the kid who has a baby at 17 or the fact that people who need to can get divorced, it's that you don't *need* a reason to get divorced anymore, and the sex outside of marriage is *expected* and that it's not about helping someone through a bad time it's about redefining the "bad time" as something good.”
“If I could be sure that all parents who opt their kids out of the courses would teach them what they need to know -- not what the parents want them to know, but *need* to know, then I wouldn't have said what I said.”
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“We're concerned about how it will affect our lives (sleep, I need it to be a happy person -- no, really I * need* it; we would hate to go back to the financial place where we have to count every penny; we don't live near family; neither of us have much experience with babies; etc.)”
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“However, if the regular use of hot water will not harm the product, the label need not mention any water temperature.”
“However, if the regular use of a high temperature will not harm the product, the label need not mention any drying temperature.”
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