Definitions

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  • adjective necessary. Opposite of unnecessary.

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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of need.
  • adjective Necessary; being needed.

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  • adjective necessary for relief or supply

Etymologies

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From need +‎ -ed. The adjective follows from the verb.

Examples

  • Doubtless the country needed ornament, —needed it very badly indeed, —but it needed energy still more, and capital most of all, for its supply was ridiculously out of proportion to its wants.

    The Press (1868)

  • Wisdom and power made him carry _just what was needed, in the face of adverse circumstances, and just at the time it was needed_.

    The Wonders of Prayer A Record of Well Authenticated and Wonderful Answers to Prayer

  • Help was never more truly needed, for our poverty was never greater; nor did the help of the Lord ever come more manifestly from himself; for _the brother was gone on a good distance_, it was _between seven and eight o'clock in the morning_, and it was _so short a time before money would have been needed_.

    The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller

  • If you needed to supply code snippets for multiple languages, you * needed* to supply a blank line formatted as normal between the code snippets:

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  • Two key aspects of the term needed to be better explained, he asserted.

    Guanxi

  • Two key aspects of the term needed to be better explained, he asserted.

    Guanxi

  • Two key aspects of the term needed to be better explained, he asserted.

    Guanxi

  • Two key aspects of the term needed to be better explained, he asserted.

    Guanxi

  • But in tough times, the label needed to do more to survive.

    'Mom, I'll Make a Profit Soon'

  • Obviously, her title needed to be changed, so I let her sit at the computer and type her article in.

    The Parable Of The Sparrow And The Mustard Seed.

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