Meaning of need

need

Pronunciation: (nēd), [key]
— n.
  1. a requirement, necessary duty, or obligation: There is no need for you to go there.
  2. a lack of something wanted or deemed necessary: to fulfill the needs of the assignment.
  3. urgent want, as of something requisite: He has no need of your charity.
  4. necessity arising from the circumstances of a situation or case: There is no need to worry.
  5. a situation or time of difficulty; exigency: to help a friend in need; to be a friend in need.
  6. a condition marked by the lack of something requisite: the need for leadership.
  7. destitution; extreme poverty: The family's need is acute.
  8. should the necessity arise: If need be, I can type the letters myself.
—v.t.
  1. to have need of; require: to need money.
—v.i.
  1. to be under an obligation (used as an auxiliary, typically in an interrogative or in a negative statement, and fol. by infinitive, in certain cases without to; in the 3d pers. sing. the form is need, not needs): He need not go.
  2. to be in need or want.
  3. to be necessary: There needs no apology.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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