need


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Need \Need\, v. i.
   To be wanted; to be necessary. --Chaucer.
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         When we have done it, we have done all that is in our
         power, and all that needs.               --Locke.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Need \Need\, adv.
   Of necessity. See Needs. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Need \Need\ (n[=e]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Needed; p. pr. & vb.
   n. Needing.] [See Need, n. Cf. AS. n[=y]dan to force,
   Goth. nau[thorn]jan.]
   To be in want of; to have cause or occasion for; to lack; to
   require, as supply or relief.
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         Other creatures all day long
         Rove idle, unemployed, and less need rest. --Milton.
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   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. ).
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Need \Need\ (n[=e]d), 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. nau[thorn]s.]
   1. A state that requires supply or relief; pressing occasion
      for something; necessity; urgent want.
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            And the city had no need of the sun.  --Rev. xxi.
                                                  23.
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            I have no need to beg.                --Shak.
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            Be governed by your needs, not by your fancy. --Jer.
                                                  Taylor.
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   2. Want of the means of subsistence; poverty; indigence;
      destitution. --Chaucer.
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            Famine is in thy cheeks;
            Need and oppression starveth in thine eyes. --Shak.
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   3. That which is needful; anything necessary to be done;
      (pl.) necessary things; business. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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   4. Situation of need; peril; danger. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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   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.
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