Hypertext Webster Gateway: "need"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Need \Need\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Needed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Needing}.] [See {Need}, n. Cf. AS. n?dan to force, Goth.
To be in want of; to have cause or occasion for; to lack; to
require, as supply or relief.

Other creatures all day long Rove idle, unemployed, and
less need rest. --Milton.

Note: With another verb, need is used like an auxiliary,
generally in a negative sentence expressing requirement
or obligation, and in this use it undergoes no change
of termination in the third person singular of the
present tense. ``And the lender need not fear he shall
be injured.'' --Anacharsis (Trans. ).

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Need \Need\, n. [OE. need, neod, nede, AS. ne['a]d, n[=y]d; akin
to D. nood, G. not, noth, Icel. nau[eth]r, Sw. & Dan. n["o]d,
Goth. naups.]
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.

I have no need to beg. --Shak.

Be governed by your needs, not by your fancy. --Jer.

2. Want of the means of subsistence; poverty; indigence;
destitution. --Chaucer.

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. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

4. Situation of need; peril; danger. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Syn: Exigency; emergency; strait; extremity; necessity;
distress; destitution; poverty; indigence; want; penury.

Usage: {Need}, {Necessity}. Necessity is stronger than need;
it places us under positive compulsion. We are
frequently under the necessity of going without that
of which we stand very greatly in need. It is also
with the corresponding adjectives; necessitous
circumstances imply the direct pressure of suffering;
needy circumstances, the want of aid or relief.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Need \Need\, v. i.
To be wanted; to be necessary. --Chaucer.

When we have done it, we have done all that is in our
power, and all that needs. --Locke.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Need \Need\, adv.
Of necessity. See {Needs}. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 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" [syn: {demand}]
2: anything that is necessary but lacking; "he had sufficient
means to meet his simple needs"; "I tried to supply his
wants" [syn: {want}]
3: the psychological feature that arouses an organism to
action; the reason for the action; "we did not understand
his motivation"; "he acted with the best of motives" [syn:
{motivation}, {motive}]
4: a state of extreme poverty or destitution; "their indigence
appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the
homeless" [syn: {indigence}, {penury}, {beggary}, {pauperism}]
v 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" [syn: {necessitate},
{ask}, {require}, {take}, {involve}, {call for}, {demand}]
[ant: {obviate}]
2: have need of: "This piano wants the attention of a competent
tuner" [syn: {want}, {require}]
3: be obliged, required, or forced to; "She has to get her
driver's license" [syn: {must}, {have}, {have got}]
4: be in want of
5: be logically necessary [syn: {should}, {ought}, {must}]
6: have or feel a need for: "always needing friends and money"

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