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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.]

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. Donald Trump:

    Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russia. They pay only a fraction of their cost, on top of it all, Germany just started paying Russia, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russia. Not acceptable ! All NATO Nations must meet their 2 % commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4 % !

  2. Chris Murphy:

    This clearly was n’t handled the way it should have been, i talked to Congresswoman Esty, and I ’m glad Congresswoman Esty acknowledges this. Nobody working in a congressional office or any other setting should feel afraid to come to work. Protecting victims of workplace harassment needs to come first, and the rules of Congress need to change to ensure that happens.

  3. Lakshheish M Patel:

    SBI Securities seems to be cheating its traders by blocking their transactions and other stock brokers are not different. This needs to be probed, but who would do it when regulator itself protecting them

  4. David Kochel:

    Pence needs to figure out how to defend his own actions to follow the Constitution while not hitting that trip wire.

  5. Mike Huckabee:

    Regardless, heterosexual marriage is largely in trouble today because people see it as a selfish means of pleasing self, rather than a committed relationship in which the focus is on meeting the needs of the partner, that sense of selfishness and the redefinition of love as to something that is purely sentimental and emotional, has been destructive.

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