need

[niหd]

need Definition

  • 1require (something) because it is essential or very important
  • 2a lack of something deemed necessary or desirable

Using need: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "need" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I need to go to the store to buy some milk.

  • Example

    He needs a new pair of shoes for the wedding.

  • Example

    The plant needs water to survive.

  • Example

    We all have basic needs like food and shelter.

need Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for need

Antonyms for need

Idioms Using need

  • if it is necessary

    Example

    We can stay up all night if need be to finish this project.

  • a friend in need is a friend indeed

    a true friend is someone who helps you when you are in need

    Example

    When I was going through a tough time, my best friend was always there for me. A friend in need is a friend indeed.

  • there's no need to

    it is not necessary to

    Example

    There's no need to apologize. It wasn't your fault.

Phrases with need

  • lacking the necessities of life, such as food, shelter, or clothing

    Example

    The charity provides assistance to those in need.

  • have a strong desire or urge to do something

    Example

    I feel the need to take a break from work and go on vacation.

  • require something because it is lacking or insufficient

    Example

    The car is in need of repair.

Origins of need

from Old English 'nฤ“odian', meaning 'to compel, force'

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Summary: need in Brief

The term 'need' [niหd] refers to something that is essential or very important, often lacking or requiring fulfillment. It can be used as both a verb and a noun, as in 'I need to go to the store to buy some milk' and 'We all have basic needs like food and shelter.' Phrases like 'in need' and 'be in need of' denote lacking necessities, while idioms like 'if need be' and 'there's no need to' imply necessity or lack thereof.

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