Need

Definition of Need

Pronunciation: nēd
n.1.A state that requires supply or relief; pressing occasion for something; necessity; urgent want.
And the city had no need of the sun.
- Rev. xxi. 23.
I have no need to beg.
- Shak.
Be governed by your needs, not by your fancy.
- Jer. Taylor.
2.Want of the means of subsistence; poverty; indigence; destitution.
Famine is in thy cheeks;
Need and oppression starveth in thine eyes.
- Shak.
3.That which is needful; anything necessary to be done; (pl.) necessary things; business.
4.Situation of need; peril; danger.
v. t.1.To be in want of; to have cause or occasion for; to lack; to require, as supply or relief.
[imp. & p. p. Needed; p. pr. & vb. n. Needing.]
Other creatures all day long
Rove idle, unemployed, and less need rest.
- Milton.
v. i.1.To be wanted; to be necessary.
When we have done it, we have done all that is in our power, and all that needs.
- Locke.
adv.1.Of necessity. See Needs.

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