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. 23.
I have no need to beg. --Shak.
Be governed by your needs, not by your fancy. --Jer. Taylor.
2. Want of the means of subsistence; poverty; indigence; destitution.
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.]
4. Situation of need; peril; danger. [Obs.]
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.
Need v. t. [imp. & p. p. Needed; p. pr. & vb. n. Needing.] 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.”
Need, v. i. To be wanted; to be necessary.
When we have done it, we have done all that is in our power, and all that needs. --Locke.
Need, adv. Of necessity. See Needs. [Obs.]
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
toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that
which gives purpose and direction to behavior; "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"; "This
intervention does not postulates a patient's consent"
[syn: necessitate, ask, postulate, 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: have or feel a need for; "always needing friends and money"