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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
need (noun)
1.
necessary duty - obligation
2.
a) a lack of something requisite, desirable, or useful
b) a physiological or psychological requirement for the well-being of an organism
3.
a condition requiring supply or relief
4.
lack of the means of subsistence - poverty
need (verb)
intransitive verb
1.
to be or necessary - needful
2.
transitive verb
verbal auxiliary
to be in want to be in need of - require be under necessity or obligation to - you need not answer she need only wait
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
need (noun)
1.
a state of being without something necessary, desirable, or useful
SYNONIMS:
absence, lack, needfulness, want
RELATED WORDS:
deficiency, deficit, inadequacy, insufficiency; dearth, meagerness, paucity, poverty, scantiness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, skimpiness; defect, minus; deprivation, famishment, privation; demand, essential, necessity, requirement, requisite
NEAR ANTONYMS:
adequacy, enough, sufficiency; fund, pool, stock, supply; excess, fill, overabundance, oversupply, plenty, surfeit, surplus; hoard, stockpile
need (noun)
2.
something necessary, indispensable, or unavoidable
SYNONIMS:
condition, demand, must, must-have, necessary, necessity, need, needful, requirement, requisite, sine qua non
RELATED WORDS:
precondition, prerequisite; advantage, edge, plus; desideration, desideratum, wish
NEAR ANTONYMS:
amenity, comfort, extra, extravagance, frill, indulgence, luxury, superfluity, surplus, surplusage
nonessential, nonnecessity
need (noun)
3.
something one must do because of prior agreement
SYNONIMS:
burden, charge, commitment, devoir, do, duty, imperative, incumbency, need, office, responsibility
RELATED WORDS:
oath, pledge, promise, troth, vow, word; arrangement, prearrangement, setup; compact, contract, covenant, pact, trust; debt, payment, tribute; compulsion, constraint, restraint; must, requirement; coercion, duress, force; appointment, engagement, reservation; burden, onus
NEAR ANTONYMS:
grace, postponement, stay; discharge, ease, exemption, release, relief, waiver; loophole; alternative, choice, option, pick, preference, selection
need (noun)
4.
the state of lacking sufficient money or material possessions
SYNONIMS:
beggary, destituteness, destitution, impecuniosity, impecuniousness, impoverishment, indigence, necessity, need, neediness, pauperism, penuriousness, penury, poorness, want
RELATED WORDS:
gutter, misery, woe, wretchedness; exigency; emergency, rainy day; austerity, deprivation, privation; bankruptcy, insolvency; belt-tightening, pinching, straitening
NEAR ANTONYMS:
luxury, prosperity
affluence, opulence, richness, wealth, wealthiness
need (verb)
1.
to have as a requirement
SYNONIMS:
bear, challenge, claim, demand, necessitate, require, take, want, warrant
RELATED WORDS:
entail, involve; ask, beg, claim, clamor (for), cry (for); hurt (for), lack; command, enjoin, exact, insist, press, quest, stipulate
call for
NEAR ANTONYMS:
own, possess
have, hold
need (verb)
2.
to be under necessity or obligation to
SYNONIMS:
have (to), must, ought (to), shall, should
RELATED WORDS:
will
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