verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of need
Synonyms for need
Antonyms for need
Related Words for needuse, right, wish, commitment, demand, obligation, urgency, lack, want, shortage, necessity, desire, require, duty, longing, exigency, extremity, weakness, charge, occasion
Examples from the Web for need
Contemporary Examples of need
Citizens, perhaps, need to feel like they can communicate something to science.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
We need to recover and grow the idea that the proper answer to bad speech is more and better speech.How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech
January 9, 2015
To do so is to deify a celebrity for being what we need them to be, while willfully ignoring who they really are.Phylicia Rashad and the Cult of Cosby Truthers
January 8, 2015
The need for an Ebola vaccine in West Africa has never been greater.The Race for the Ebola Vaccine
January 7, 2015
“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
January 6, 2015
Historical Examples of need
One need not look so high as the old-fashioned stuccoed ceiling.
"They needn't eat their lunch that way," declared his sister.
I need cheerfulness and rest for a long time after this day in town.
I certainly did need you to come along right now and set me straight.
So you see, mother, we needn't go to the poorhouse just yet.Brave and Bold
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).