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need

verb (MUST HAVE)    /niːd/
A1 [T] to have to have something, or to want something very much: Babies need constant care. The doctor said I needed an operation. [+ to infinitive] I need to go to the toilet. Most people need to feel loved. [+ obj + to infinitive ] I need you to help me choose an outfit. I badly need (= strongly want) a rest from all this.informal I don't need all this hassle.Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessaryWanting thingsHoping and hopefulness B1 [T] If you say that someone or something needs something else, you mean that they should have it, or would get an advantage from having it: What you need is a nice hot bowl of soup. [+ -ing verb] This room needs brightening up a bit. [+ past participle] She needs her hair washed.Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessary Grammar:Dare, need, ought toandused to (semi-modal verbs)Dare, need, ought to and used to are often called semi-modal because in some ways they are formed like modal verbs and in some ways they are like other main verbs.See moreGrammar:NeedNeed is a semi-modal verb because in some ways it is like a modal verb and in other ways like a main verb.See moreGrammar:Need: formSee moreGrammar:Need: useSee moreGrammar:Semi-modal need and main verb needWe can use main verb need as an alternative to semi-modal need. Main verb need is followed by to and it changes with person, number and tense (I, you, we, they need to; she, he, it needs to; I, you, she, he, it, we, they needed to).See more
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