a requirement, necessary duty, or obligation: There is no need for you to go there.
a lack of something wanted or deemed necessary: to fulfill the needs of the assignment.
urgent want, as of something requisite: He has no need of your charity.
necessity arising from the circumstances of a situation or case: There is no need to worry.
a situation or time of difficulty; exigency: to help a friend in need; to be a friend in need.
a condition marked by the lack of something requisite: the need for leadership.
destitution; extreme poverty: The family’s need is acute.
—verb (used with object)
to have need of; require: to need money.
—verb (used without object)
to be under an obligation (used as an auxiliary, typically in an interrogative or in a negative statement, and followed by infinitive, in certain cases without to; in the 3d person singular the form is need, not needs): He need not go.
to be in need or want.
to be necessary: There needs no apology.
if need be,should the necessity arise: If need be, I can type the letters myself.
Origin: before 900; (noun) Middle Englishnede,Old Englishnēd (WSaxon nīed), cognate with GermanNot,Old Norsenauth,Gothicnauths; (v.) Middle Englishneden,Old Englishnēodian, derivative of the noun
—Related forms need·er, noun un·need·ed, adjective well-need·ed, adjective
—Synstudy 2, 3. See lack. 4. Need,necessity imply a want, a lack, or a demand, which must be filled. Need, a word of Old English origin, has connotations that make it strong in emotional appeal: the need to be appreciated.Necessity, a word of Latin origin, is more formal and impersonal or objective; though much stronger than need in expressing urgency or imperative demand, it is less effective in appealing to the emotions: Water is a necessity for living things.7. See poverty.