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need - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'need' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Need [ adv.]
- Of necessity. See Needs.
2 . Need [ n.]
- A state that requires supply or relief; pressing occasion for something; necessity; urgent want.
- Want of the means of subsistence; poverty; indigence; destitution.
- That which is needful; anything necessary to be done; (pl.) necessary things; business.
- Situation of need; peril; danger.
- To be in want of; to have cause or occasion for; to lack; to require, as supply or relief.
3 . Need [ v. i.]
- To be wanted; to be necessary.

Meaning of 'need' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . need [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a state of extreme poverty or destitution
Example in sentence:
  • a general state of need exists among the homeless;
  • their indigence appalled him
Meaning (2):
- a condition requiring relief
Example in sentence:
  • God has no need of men to accomplish His work;
  • she satisfied his need for affection;
  • there is a demand for jobs
Meaning (3):
- the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior
Example in sentence:
  • he acted with the best of motives;
  • we did not understand his motivation
Meaning (4):
- anything that is necessary but lacking
Example in sentence:
  • he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs;
  • I tried to supply his wants
5 . need [ v]
Meaning (5):
- have or feel a need for
Example in sentence:
  • always needing friends and money
Meaning (6):
- require as useful, just, or proper
Example in sentence:
  • It takes nerve to do what she did;
  • success usually requires hard work;
  • This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert;
  • This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent;
  • This job asks a lot of patience and skill;
  • This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice
Meaning (7):
- have need of
Example in sentence:
  • This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner