What does need mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word need.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. need, demand(noun)

    a condition requiring relief

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

  2. need, want(noun)

    anything that is necessary but lacking

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

  3. motivation, motive, need(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

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

  4. indigence, need, penury, pauperism, pauperization(verb)

    a state of extreme poverty or destitution

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

  5. necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demand(verb)

    require as useful, just, or proper

    "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"; "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"

  6. want, need, require(verb)

    have need of

    "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"

  7. need(verb)

    have or feel a need for

    "always needing friends and money"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Need(noun)

    a state that requires supply or relief; pressing occasion for something; necessity; urgent want

  2. Need(noun)

    want of the means of subsistence; poverty; indigence; destitution

  3. Need(noun)

    that which is needful; anything necessary to be done; (pl.) necessary things; business

  4. Need(noun)

    situation of need; peril; danger

  5. Need(noun)

    to be in want of; to have cause or occasion for; to lack; to require, as supply or relief

  6. Need(verb)

    to be wanted; to be necessary

  7. Need(adverb)

    of necessity. See Needs

  8. Origin: [See Need, n. Cf. AS. ndan to force, Goth. naujan.]


  1. Need

    A need is something that is necessary for organisms to live a healthy life. Needs are distinguished from wants because a deficiency would cause a clear negative outcome, such as dysfunction or death. Needs can be objective and physical, such as food, or they can be subjective and psychological, such as the need for self-esteem. On a social level, needs are sometimes controversial. Understanding needs and wants is an issue in the fields of politics, social science, and philosophy.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Need

    nēd, n. want of something which one cannot do without: necessity: a state that requires relief: want of the means of living.—v.t. to have occasion for: to want.—ns. Need′-be, a necessity; Need′er; Need′fire, fire produced by friction, to which a certain virtue is superstitiously attached: a beacon generally.—adj. Need′ful, full of need: having need: needy: necessary: requisite.—adv. Need′fully.—n. Need′fulness.—adv. Need′ily.—n. Need′iness.—adj. Need′less (Shak.), having no need: not needed: unnecessary.—adv. Need′lessly.—n. Need′lessness.—adv. Need′ly (Shak.), necessarily.—n. Need′ment, something needed.—adv. Needs, of necessity: indispensably—often used with must, as 'needs must.'—adj. Need′y, very poor: requisite.—n. Need′yhood.—The needful (slang), ready money. [A.S. néd, niéd, nýd; Dut. nood, Ger. noth.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'need' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #284

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'need' in Written Corpus Frequency: #165

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'need' in Nouns Frequency: #97

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'need' in Verbs Frequency: #31


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of need in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of need in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Real Live Preacher:

    Its not foresight or hindsight we need. We need sight, plain and simple. We need to see what is right in front of us.

  2. Foreign Minister Abdusalam Omer:

    We need more training, we need more arms and we need more trucks, but equally important we need jobs. We need people to come and invest.

  3. Eric A. Burns, Gossamer Commons, 08-12-05:

    Greatness is more than potential. It is the execution of that potential. Beyond the raw talent. You need the appropriate training. You need the discipline. You need the inspiration. You need the drive.

  4. Renae A. Sauter:

    When I am centered on love I don’t need to be better than you. I don’t need you to like me. I don’t need to be rich. I don’t even need to be extraordinary. When I am centered on love who I am and where I am at is enough

  5. Kevin Roberts:

    This world is made for them. You don’t need money, you don’t need power, you don’t need resources, you don’t need scale, you don’t need experience. What you need is an idea with executional capability, it’s that kind of craziness now that is going to win.

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Translations for need

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • يحتاج, ضرورة, حاجة, احتاجArabic
  • necessitar, haver de, caldre, requerir, necessitatCatalan, Valencian
  • potřeba, potřebovatCzech
  • behov, behøveDanish
  • brauchen, Notwendigkeit, benötigen, Bedürfnis, BedarfGerman
  • χρειάζομαιGreek
  • bezoni, bezonoEsperanto
  • necesidades, necesidad, necesitarSpanish
  • احتیاج داشتن, نیاز داشتن, نیازPersian
  • tarve, tarvita, täytyäFinnish
  • nécessité, [[être]] [[obligé]] de, besoin, avoir besoin deFrench
  • feumScottish Gaelic
  • necesitar, precisar, requirirGalician
  • ज़रूरत होना, ज़रूरत, मुहताज होनाHindi
  • szükségHungarian
  • կարիք, կարիք ունենալArmenian
  • necessitate, besoniar, besonioInterlingua
  • bezono, bezonarIdo
  • aver bisogno di, necessità, bisognoItalian
  • してはいけない, 要る, 必要Japanese
  • ត្រូវការKhmer
  • 필요, 요하다Korean
  • egeo, desidero, necessitas, debeo, requiro, obligor, necessitudoLatin
  • ຕ້ອງການLao
  • vajadzība, vajadzētLatvian
  • потреба, мора, зорт, треба, нуждаMacedonian
  • għand bżonnMaltese
  • behoeven, vereisen, moeten hebben, behoefte, moeten, benodigen, nodig hebbenDutch
  • trengeNorwegian
  • besonhOccitan
  • potrzeba, potrzebowaćPolish
  • necessidade, precisar, necessitarPortuguese
  • basegn, avair basegn daRomansh
  • trebui, nevoie, necesitate, cerințăRomanian
  • требоваться, нуждаться, необходимость, нужда, потребность, быть нужнымRussian
  • trebatiSerbo-Croatian
  • potrebovati, rabitiSlovene
  • nödgas, behöva, måste, behovSwedish
  • అవసరముTelugu
  • ต้องการThai
  • pangangailanganTagalog
  • gereklilik, ihtiyaç duymak, ihtiyaç, gerekmek, gereksinim duymak, ihtiyacı olmak, -malı, gereksinim, lazım olmak, gereksinmek, -meli, eksik, zorunda olmak, gereksinimi olmakTurkish
  • нужда, необхідність, потребаUkrainian
  • ضرورتUrdu
  • cần, muốnVietnamese

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