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Meaning & Definition of Need in English





1. A condition requiring relief

  • "She satisfied his need for affection"
  • "God has no need of men to accomplish his work"
  • "There is a demand for jobs"
  • need,
  • demand

2. Anything that is necessary but lacking

  • "He had sufficient means to meet his simple needs"
  • "I tried to supply his wants"
  • need,
  • want

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
  • "We did not understand his motivation"
  • "He acted with the best of motives"
  • motivation,
  • motive,
  • need

4. A state of extreme poverty or destitution

  • "Their indigence appalled him"
  • "A general state of need exists among the homeless"
  • indigence,
  • need,
  • penury,
  • pauperism,
  • pauperization


1. Require as useful, just, or proper

  • "It takes nerve to do what she did"
  • "Success usually requires hard work"
  • "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"
  • "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"
  • "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"
  • "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"
  • necessitate,
  • ask,
  • postulate,
  • need,
  • require,
  • take,
  • involve,
  • call for,
  • demand

2. Have need of

  • "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"
  • want,
  • need,
  • require

3. Have or feel a need for

  • "Always needing friends and money"
  • need

Examples of using

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
I need this to round out my collection.
These screws need tightening.