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  1. if need be(Adverb)

    If necessary; if there is a need.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of if need be in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of if need be in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. James Russell Lowell:

    A poet must need be before his own age, to be even with posterity.

  2. Henry David Thoreau:

    Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.

  3. Larry Pratt:

    It's for restraining tyrannical tendencies in government, if need be, by active measures.

  4. Director Becky Foster:

    He's been cared for very well, we're happy to have him here as long as need be. He has toys and blankies and he's just chilling.

  5. Hindu Poetess:

    Ere need be shown, some men will act, As trees may fruit without a flower; To some you speak with no result, As seeds may die, and yield no grain.

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