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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.

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. Alec Baldwin:

    It's not a witch hunt because a witch hunt indicates that there is very little truth, if none at all, and there is a lot of truth here, but what worries me is that this is a fire that needs constant kindling.

  2. Shakti Gawain:

    As long as we focus on the outside, there will always be that empty, hungry, lost place inside that needs to be filled.

  3. John Pucher:

    Cycling in the U.S. is very dangerous indeed when compared to the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany, all of which have dramatically lower cyclist injury and fatality rates, cycling safety is a very serious problem that needs to be taken more seriously by everyone, including cyclists themselves.

  4. Pavlo Sheremeta:

    A bailout is not enough for recovery, austerity is not enough for recovery. Ukraine needs investment, a lot of investment. Even local investors are very wary of investing in these uncertain, nervous times.

  5. Emeasoba George:

    God can't give you your mere wants at the expense of your basic needs like food/shelter. So, you've got to stop bothering him with your wants.

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