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"
anything that is necessary but lacking
"he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs"; "I tried to supply his wants"
motivation, motive, need(noun)
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"
indigence, need, penury, pauperism, pauperization(verb)
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
"their indigence appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the homeless"
necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demand(verb)
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 postulate a patient's consent"
require, read, pick up, occupy, subscribe to, withdraw, lead, ingest, inquire, take on, carry, deal, assume, have, hold, choose, study, learn, fill, necessitate, bespeak, invite, imply, consume, drive, hire, posit, consider, rent, pick out, collect, quest, contract, adopt, film, remove, demand, gather up, lease, take aim, want, take up, train, strike, use up, select, take, engage, make, claim, regard, enquire, request, get hold of, exact, take away, pack, call for, affect, expect, bring, command, submit, convey, shoot, aim, direct, contend, charter, get, contain, take in, subscribe, involve, acquire, look at, postulate, accept, guide, admit, ask, conduct
want, need, require(verb)
have need of
"This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"
have or feel a need for
"always needing friends and money"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Necessity is the quality of being necessary, or the quality of that which can not but be, become, or be true, or be accepted as true. Need and want always imply a lack; necessity may be used in this sense, but in the higher philosophical sense necessity simply denotes the exclusion of any alternative either in thought or fact; righteousness is a necessity (not a need) of the divine nature. Need suggests the possibility of supplying the deficiency which want expresses; to speak of a person's want of decision merely points out a weakness in his character; to say that he has need of decision implies that he can exercise or attain it. As applied to a deficiency, necessity is more imperative than need; a weary person is in need of rest; when rest becomes a necessity he has no choice but to stop work. An essential is something, as a quality, or element, that belongs to the essence of something else so as to be inseparable from it in its normal condition, or in any complete idea or statement of it. Compare NECESSARY; PREDESTINATION.
compulsion, destiny, emergency, essential, exigency, extremity, fatality, fate, indispensability, indispensableness, necessity, requirement, requisite, sine qua non, unavoidableness, urgency, want
The necessity of surrender; a necessity for action; this is a necessity to me.
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See Basic need, Self-actualisation need
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How to use need in a sentence?
Patients with sleep apnea, who are often at increased cardiovascular risk, need rigorous management with other indicated therapies, such as blood pressure lowering, statins, and antithrombotic drugs, i think the most interesting finding of the meta-analysis is that the best estimate of the effect of obstructive sleep apnea treatment on risk of major adverse cardiovascular events is very similar to the reduction in risk seen with aspirin, beta-blockers, or statin medications.
The need to express oneself in writing springs from a mal-adjustment to life, or from an inner conflict which the adolescent (or the grown man) cannot resolve in action. Those to whom action comes as easily as breathing rarely feel the need to break loose from the real, to rise above, and describe it... I do not mean that it is enough to be maladjusted to become a great writer, but writing is, for some, a method of resolving a conflict, provided they have the necessary talent.
The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) functions on the basis of young people who are inducted, bring their own views from the street, and there is always the danger that they will act on their own accord and shoot when there's no need.
We need to push the reset button on climate change.
Yes, it's a problem, this is an ongoing struggle. We need to maintain the ability for our top people to go straight to the top.
Translations for need
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- يحتاج, ضرورة, حاجة, احتاجArabic
- necessitar, haver de, caldre, requerir, necessitatCatalan, Valencian
- potřeba, potřebovatCzech
- behov, behøveDanish
- brauchen, Notwendigkeit, benötigen, Bedürfnis, BedarfGerman
- bezoni, bezonoEsperanto
- necesidades, necesidad, necesitarSpanish
- احتیاج داشتن, نیاز داشتن, نیازPersian
- tarve, tarvita, täytyäFinnish
- nécessité, [[être]] [[obligé]] de, besoin, avoir besoin deFrench
- feumScottish Gaelic
- necesitar, precisar, requirirGalician
- ज़रूरत होना, ज़रूरत, मुहताज होना, जरुरतHindi
- կարիք, կարիք ունենալArmenian
- necessitate, besoniar, besonioInterlingua
- bezono, bezonarIdo
- aver bisogno di, necessità, bisognoItalian
- してはいけない, 要る, 必要Japanese
- 필요, 요하다Korean
- egeo, desidero, necessitas, debeo, requiro, obligor, necessitudoLatin
- vajadzība, vajadzētLatvian
- потреба, мора, зорт, треба, нуждаMacedonian
- għand bżonnMaltese
- behoeven, vereisen, moeten hebben, behoefte, moeten, benodigen, nodig hebbenDutch
- potrzeba, potrzebowaćPolish
- necessidade, precisar, necessitarPortuguese
- basegn, avair basegn daRomansh
- trebui, nevoie, necesitate, cerințăRomanian
- требоваться, нуждаться, необходимость, нужда, потребность, быть нужнымRussian
- potrebovati, rabitiSlovene
- nödgas, behöva, måste, behovSwedish
- gereklilik, ihtiyaç duymak, ihtiyaç, gerekmek, gereksinim duymak, ihtiyacı olmak, -malı, gereksinim, lazım olmak, gereksinmek, -meli, eksik, zorunda olmak, gereksinimi olmakTurkish
- нужда, необхідність, потребаUkrainian
- cần, muốnVietnamese
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