(past and past participle need·ed, present participle need·ing, 3rd person present singular needs)
vti require something: require something in order to have success or achieve a goal
Do you need any money?
He told me that I didn't need to know.
This shirt needs
modal verb (past and past participle need·ed, present participle need·ing, 3rd person present singular needs)
be necessary: used to indicate that a course of action is desirable or necessary (used in negative statements)
You don't need to thank me; I'm happy to help whenever I can.
Going to med school need not mean you can't study architecture later.
verb (past and past participle need·ed, present participle need·ing, 3rd person present singular needs)
1. vti deserve something:
to deserve something, especially as punishment (informal)
That little boy needs to be given a good talking to.
Those troops need to be
shown who's boss.
2. vi to be essential: to be essential or necessary to something (archaic)
"I think that we are all agreed in this matter, and therefore there needs no more words about it." (John Bunyan Pilgrim's Progress 1678)
noun (plural needs)
requirement: something that is a requirement or is wanted
economic system that recognizes the need for financial security
His needs are few.
Old English nē(o)d < Indo-European]
if need be if it is necessary or if it becomes necessary in the future
need not having enough of things essential for an adequate standard of living
children in need needing something
no need to or for something
no reason or justification for something
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