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(noun.) anything that is necessary but lacking; 'he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs'; 'I tried to supply his wants'.
(noun.) 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'.
(verb.) have or feel a need for; 'always needing friends and money'.
Inputed by Angie--From WordNet
(n.) A state that requires supply or relief; pressing occasion for something; necessity; urgent want.
(n.) Want of the means of subsistence; poverty; indigence; destitution.
(n.) That which is needful; anything necessary to be done; (pl.) necessary things; business.
(n.) Situation of need; peril; danger.
(n.) To be in want of; to have cause or occasion for; to lack; to require, as supply or relief.
(v. i.) To be wanted; to be necessary.
(adv.) Of necessity. See Needs.
Synonyms and Synonymous
n. . Necessity, want, exigency, urgency, emergency.. Indigence, poverty, penury, destitution, distress.
v. a. Want, require, lack, be in want of, stand in want of.
Synonyms and Antonyms
Typed by Jolin
n. want of something which one cannot do without: necessity: a state that requires relief: want of the means of living.—v.t. to have occasion for: to want.—ns. Need′-be a necessity; Need′er; Need′fire fire produced by friction to which a certain virtue is superstitiously attached: a beacon generally.—adj. Need′ful full of need: having need: needy: necessary: requisite.—adv. Need′fully.—n. Need′fulness.—adv. Need′ily.—n. Need′iness.—adj. Need′less (Shak.) having no need: not needed: unnecessary.—adv. Need′lessly.—n. Need′lessness.—adv. Need′ly (Shak.) necessarily.—n. Need′ment something needed.—adv. Needs of necessity: indispensably—often used with must as 'needs must.'—adj. Need′y very poor: requisite.—n. Need′yhood.—The needful (slang) ready money.
Unserious Contents or Definition
To dream that you are in need, denotes that you will speculate unwisely and distressing news of absent friends will oppress you. To see others in need, foretells that unfortunate affairs will affect yourself with others.
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- So old an art, and so great and continuous a need for its products necessarily must have resulted in much development and progress. Edward W. Byrn. The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century.
- What need you getting drunk, then, and cutting up, Prue? Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin.
- His place is there as well as yours, and the children need him. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- You need not fear to hear the few remaining words we have to say. Charles Dickens. Oliver Twist.
- No need, was again her answer--no need, no need: and her small step toiled wearily up the staircase. Charlotte Bronte. Villette.
- I don't think you need be afraid of that, replied Helena, with great scorn; Andros is not likely to rule Melnos. Fergus Hume. The Island of Fantasy.
- So we who are democrats need not believe that the people are necessarily right in their choice: some of us are always in the minority, and not a little proud of the distinction. Walter Lippmann. A Preface to Politics.
- Together they set about designing the machine to make it as nearly perfect as possible in adaptation to the needs of modern business. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- This statement needs to be rendered more specific by connecting it with the materials of school instruction, the studies which make up the curriculum. John Dewey. Democracy and Education.
- But instead of narrowing the scope of politics, to avoid it, the only sensible thing to do is to invent methods which will allow needs and problems and group interests avenues into politics. Walter Lippmann. A Preface to Politics.
- There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire: it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism. George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- We owe the railroad chiefly to the needs of the north of England, and there we find the real birth of the locomotive. Rupert S. Holland. Historic Inventions.
- Does he really think he needs me, and can take an interest in me as a sister? Charlotte Bronte. Villette.
- For unions and trusts, sects, clubs and voluntary associations stand for actual needs. Walter Lippmann. A Preface to Politics.
- Dose, teaspoonful to one-half wineglassful, as needed. William K. David. Secrets of Wise Men, Chemists and Great Physicians.
- For the easy expression of public opinion in government is a clue to what services are needed and a test of their success. Walter Lippmann. A Preface to Politics.
- No one ever needed your advice more than I do. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
- I needed no second permission; though I was by this time in such a state of consternation and agitation, that my legs shook under me. Charles Dickens. David Copperfield.
- I got some data and made up my mind that what was needed was a very powerful engine for its weight, in small compass. Frank Lewis Dyer. Edison, His Life and Inventions.
- Yet you told him to go, Mother, and didn't cry when he went, and never complain now, or seem as if you needed any help, said Jo, wondering. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- And this lawful use of them seems likely to be often needed in the regulations of marriages and births. Plato. The Republic.
- Hitherto they had been voiceless, wordless, needing all their breath for their hard-labouring efforts to break down the gates. Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. North and South.
- Fearing to betray herself, she slipped away, murmuring something about needing more paper. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- Found in their natural state in utmost perfection, needing no cutting nor polishing, these glowing beads of the sea were the first baubles of savages, tribes and nations. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- There she is, a lily of the valley, untinted, needing no tint. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- And all of us have like wonders hidden in our breasts, only needing circumstances to evoke them. Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities.
- Being found in a condition of comparative purity, and needing but little refinement, they were, for that reason, the first metals fashioned to meet the wants of man. Edward W. Byrn. The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century.
- Matter must be considered as created by God in accordance with law and as ever obedient to law, not as an independent or hostile fo rce needing occasional correction. Walter Libby. An Introduction to the History of Science.