verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- need like a hole in the head,
Origin of need
Examples from the Web for need
Citizens, perhaps, need to feel like they can communicate something to science.
We need to recover and grow the idea that the proper answer to bad speech is more and better speech.
To do so is to deify a celebrity for being what we need them to be, while willfully ignoring who they really are.
The need for an Ebola vaccine in West Africa has never been greater.
“For conveniences and shops where you can buy what you need,” it is much easier, he said.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech|Liza Foreman|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The truth is, that we need both the discipline of harness and the abundant nourishment of the free pasture.The Intellectual Life|=Philip Gilbert Hamerton
"You need not be afraid of that any more, Ronnie," his uncle told him calmly.The Kingdom of the Blind|E. Phillips Oppenheim
Ah, she need have no fear; I would not trouble her with so much as a word.Wanderers|Knut Hamsun
I need not repeat the number of his great and glorious actions, which mark him the General and the hero.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
He forgot everything but the need of getting out of sight of Mr. Blacksnake as soon as ever he could.The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad|Thornton W. Burgess
Word Origin for need
Old English nied (West Saxon), ned (Mercian) "necessity, compulsion, duty; hardship, distress; errand, business," originally "violence, force," from Proto-Germanic *nauthis (cf. Old Saxon nod, Old Norse nauðr, Old Frisian ned, Middle Dutch, Dutch nood, Old High German not, German Not, Gothic nauþs "need"), probably cognate with Old Prussian nautin "need," and perhaps with Old Church Slavonic nazda, Russian nuzda, Polish nędza "misery, distress," from PIE *nau- "death, to be exhausted" (see narwhal).
The more common Old English word for "need, necessity, want" was ðearf, but they were connected via a notion of "trouble, pain," and the two formed a compound, niedðearf "need, necessity, compulsion, thing needed." Nied also might have been influenced by Old English neod "desire, longing," which often was spelled the same. Common in Old English compounds, e.g. niedfaru "compulsory journey," a euphemism for "death;" niedhæmed "rape," the second element being an Old English word meaning "sexual intercourse;" niedling "slave." Meaning "extreme poverty, destitution" is from c.1200.
Old English neodian "be necessary, be required (for some purpose); require, have need of," from the same root as need (n.). Meaning "to be under obligation (to do something)" is from late 14c. Related: Needed; needing. The adjectival phrase need-to-know is attested from 1952. Dismissive phrase who needs it?, popular from c.1960, is a translated Yiddishism.
In addition to the idiom beginning with need
- needle in a haystack
- needless to say
- need like a hole in the head
- cry for (crying need for).