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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inevitably, necessarily, of necessity, needsadverb

    in such a manner as could not be otherwise

    "it is necessarily so"; "we must needs by objective"


  1. needsadverb

    Of necessity; necessarily; indispensably; often with must, and equivalent to "of need".

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Needsadverb

    Necessarily; by compulsion; indispensably.

    Etymology: nedes , Saxon, unwilling.

    The general and perpetual voice of men is as the sentence of God himself; for that which all men have at all times learned, nature herself must needs have taught. Richard Hooker.

    God must needs have done the thing which they imagine was to be done. Richard Hooker, b. iii.

    I must needs after him, madam, with my letter. Sha.

    Another being elected and his ambassadors returned, he would needs know the cause of his repulse in that competition. John Davies, on Ireland.

    I perceive
    Thy mortal sight to fail: objects divine
    Must needs impair, and weary human sense. John Milton, P. Lost.

    To say the principles of nature must needs be such as our philosophy makes them, is to set bounds to omnipotence. Joseph Glanvill, Scepts. c. 25.

    I have affairs below,
    Which I must needs dispatch before I go. Dryden.


  1. needs

    A need is dissatisfaction at a point of time and in a given context. Needs are distinguished from wants. In the case of a need, a deficiency causes a clear adverse outcome: a dysfunction or death. In other words, a need is something required for a safe, stable and healthy life (e.g. air, water, food, land, shelter) while a want is a desire, wish or aspiration. When needs or wants are backed by purchasing power, they have the potential to become economic demands. Basic needs such as air, water, food and protection from environmental dangers are necessary for an organism to live. In addition to basic needs, humans also have needs of a social or societal nature such as the human need to socialise or belong to a family unit or group. Needs can be objective and physical, such as the need for food, or psychical and subjective, such as the need for self-esteem. The concept of "unmet need" arises in relation to needs in a social context which are not being fulfilled.Needs and wants are a matter of interest in, and form a common substrate for, the fields of philosophy, biology, psychology, social science, economics, marketing and politics.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Needsadverb

    of necessity; necessarily; indispensably; -- often with must, and equivalent to of need

  2. Etymology: [Orig. gen. of need, used as an adverb. Cf. -wards.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. NEEDS

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Needs is ranked #40610 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Needs surname appeared 538 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Needs.

    92.5% or 498 total occurrences were White.
    5.3% or 29 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Needs' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #963

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Needs' in Written Corpus Frequency: #790

Anagrams for Needs »

  1. denes

  2. dense

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Needs in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Needs in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Needs in a Sentence

  1. Chief Executive Scott Sheffield:

    I personally think (Texas) shale oil will out survive LNG projects around the world, it'll survive new exploration projects, and they'll survive essentially all other shale plays in the U.S. in the Midland Basin, the world needs the Permian Basin. And so eventually supply-demand's going to reset. And the longer it stays lower, oil prices are going to bounce back even quicker.

  2. Ayanna Pressley:

    Make the phone calls, send the emails, show up, you know, there needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there’s unrest in our lives.

  3. Nick Calio:

    If there needs to be a delay or an extension in order to get transformational change accomplished, that's a far different situation than people arguing over funding, slots and other things.

  4. Jes Staley:

    Brexit is more than likely on the positive side than on the negative side, what London needs to be focused on is not Frankfurt or Paris, [it] needs to be focused on New York and Singapore.

  5. Jonathan Marshall:

    Energy is expensive, gas is expensive, to avoid people freezing in their houses, that needs to be paid for. But the state doesn't need to pay for it for people who can afford it.

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