a requirement, necessary duty, or obligation: There is no need for you to go there.
a lack of something wanted or deemed necessary: to fulfill the needs of the assignment.
urgent want, as of something requisite: He has no need of your charity.
necessity arising from the circumstances of a situation or case: There is no need to worry.
a situation or time of difficulty; exigency: to help a friend in need;to be a friend in need.
a condition marked by the lack of something requisite: the need for leadership.
destitution; extreme poverty: The family's need is acute.
to have need of; require: to need money.
to be under an obligation (used as an auxiliary, typically in an interrogative or in a negative statement, and followed by infinitive, in certain cases without to; in the 3d person singular the form is need, not needs): He need not go.
to be in need or want.
to be necessary: There needs no apology.
Idioms about need
if need be, should the necessity arise: If need be, I can type the letters myself.
- needer, noun
- un·need·ed, adjective
- well-needed, adjective
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How to use need in a sentence
Vosloo led the drafting of a new set of guidelines from Unicef designed to help governments and companies develop AI policies that consider children’s needs.Why kids need special protection from AI’s influence | Karen Hao | September 17, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
That raises the question of a marketer’s need for NBCU’s measurement program if it already has one in place.NBCUniversal tests new measurement program to prove it can push product sales for advertisers | Tim Peterson | September 17, 2020 | Digiday
The project will be the first in the county to recycle wastewater, providing more than 32 percent of the city’s needs, according to a Wednesday press release.North County Report: Schools Are Reopening for Students Most in Need | Kayla Jimenez | September 16, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
It seemed like there was no need for the justification because of the decree.Podcast: COVID-19 is helping turn Brazil into a surveillance state | Anthony Green | September 16, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
The ability to develop digital capabilities quickly will continue to be critical for meeting customer needs and ensuring survival for your organization.How to drive digital innovation necessary during the pandemic | Nick Chasinov | September 16, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
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.
Sadly, it appears the American press often doesn't need any outside help when it comes to censoring themselves.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead | Luke O’Neil | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The need for an Ebola vaccine in West Africa has never been greater.
What need to look to right or left when you are swallowing up free mile after mile of dizzying road?The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
You need but will, and it is done; but if you relax your efforts, you will be ruined; for ruin and recovery are both from within.Pearls of Thought | Maturin M. Ballou
Honour the physician for the need thou hast of him: for the most High hath created him.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
I presume the twenty-five or thirty miles at this end is unhealthy, even for natives, but it surely need not be so.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
She did not need a great cook-book; She knew how much and what it took To make things good and sweet and light.
British Dictionary definitions for need
(tr) to be in want of: to need money
(tr) to require or be required of necessity (to be or do something); be obliged: to need to do more work
(takes an infinitive without to) used as an auxiliary in negative and interrogative sentences to express necessity or obligation, and does not add -s when used with he, she, it, and singular nouns: need he go?
(intr) archaic to be essential or necessary to: there needs no reason for this
the fact or an instance of feeling the lack of something: he has need of a new coat
a requirement: the need for vengeance
necessity or obligation resulting from some situation: no need to be frightened
distress or extremity: a friend in need
extreme poverty or destitution; penury
- See also needs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with need
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).
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.