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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