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Noun
A requirement for something
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“There was a need for a change after having the same administration in office for several years.”
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That which must be done out of principle
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“He had a need to apologize for his wrongdoings.”
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A state of requiring help
“You were always there for the children in their hour of need.”
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A state of poverty or impoverishment
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“Our focus was on the city's homeless whose need was our first priority.”
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(often in plural form "needs") Something that is essential or required
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“Food is a human need, as is water.”
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(used with for) A reason for a particular feeling or emotion
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Severe suffering, difficulty or privation
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A natural or intuitive way of acting or thinking
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The fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance or activity
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An insistent and peremptory request, made as of right
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(now literary) A reward, prize or recompense for a service
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The process of knowing
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A condition of severe suffering due to a lack of nutrition
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The action or power of focusing all one's attention
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Verb
To require a tangible object or objects
“I need some cutlery to eat my dinner with.”
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To emotionally yearn for
“It's been so long since I've had ice-cream and I need it now!”
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To require the intervention of someone or something
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“We will need strong leaders to solve a problem of this magnitude.”
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Expressing a necessity or obligation for an outcome
“All you need do as of now is to be patient.”
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To have a strong want or desire
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To wish or desire to do something
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To consider to be true without evidence
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To deny or be denied (of something)
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