1. [ verb ] require as useful, just, or proper
Synonyms: require demand take call_for necessitate involve ask postulate

"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"

Related terms: obviate imply cost claim cry_out_for govern draw claim requirement necessity necessity
2. [ verb ] have need of
Synonyms: want require

: "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"

Related terms: be cry lack necessity
3. [ noun ] a condition requiring relief
Synonyms: demand

"she satisfied his need for affection" "God has no need of men to accomplish His work" "there is a demand for jobs"

Related terms: condition lack necessity necessitate
4. [ noun ] anything that is necessary but lacking
Synonyms: want

"he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs" "I tried to supply his wants"

Related terms: necessity want
5. [ verb ] have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
Synonyms: hold have must have_got

"She has $1,000 in the bank" "He has got two beautiful daughters" "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"

Related terms: bear keep sustain keep wield monopolize stock keep keep carry have property rich_person
6. [ verb ] be in want of
Related terms: desire
7. [ 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
Synonyms: motive motivation

"we did not understand his motivation" "he acted with the best of motives"

Related terms: psychological_feature urge ethical_motive life irrational_motive rational_motive psychic_energy motivate
8. [ verb ] be logically necessary
Synonyms: ought must should
9. [ verb ] have or feel a need for

: "always needing friends and money"

10. [ noun ] a state of extreme poverty or destitution
Synonyms: penury pauperism beggary pauperization indigence

"their indigence appalled him" "a general state of need exists among the homeless"

Related terms: poverty beggar
Similar spelling:   needy