(noun, verb)


1. a condition requiring relief

- she satisfied his need for affection

- God has no need of men to accomplish His work

Similar word(s): demand

Definition categories: state, condition, status

2. anything that is necessary but lacking

- he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs

Similar word(s): want

Definition categories: object, essential, necessary, necessity, requirement, requisite

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

Similar word(s): motivation, motive

Definition categories: general

4. a state of extreme poverty or destitution

- a general state of need exists among the homeless

Similar word(s): indigence, pauperism, pauperization, penury

Definition categories: state, impoverishment, poorness, poverty

Sentences with need as a noun:

- There's no need to speculate; we can easily find out for sure.

- She grew irritated with his constant need for attention.

- Our needs are not being met.

- I've always tried to have few needs beyond food, clothing and shelter.


1. require as useful, just, or proper

Similar word(s): ask, demand, involve, necessitate, postulate, require, take

Definition categories: stative

2. have need of

Similar word(s): require, want

Definition categories: consumption, be

3. have or feel a need for

- always needing friends and money

Definition categories: consumption

Sentences with need as a verb:

- Living things need water to survive.

- After ten days of hiking, I needed a shower and a shave.

- You need not go if you don't want to.