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need

noun     /niːd/
B2 [S or U] the state of having to have something that you do not have, especially something that you must have so that you can have a satisfactory life : Are you in need of help ? There's a growing need for cheap housing in the larger cities .Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessaryScarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things needs B2 [plural] the things that a person must have in order to have a satisfactory life : Housing and education are basic needs. They don't have enough food to meet their needs.Important and essential thingsInformation and messages B2 [C or U] a feeling or state of strongly wanting something: [+ to infinitive] He seems to have a desperate need to be loved by everyone. I don't know about you but I'm in need of a drink .formal We have no need of your sympathy .Feelings of desire in need not having enough money or food : You just hope that the money goes to those who are most in need.Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessaryPoverty and poor [U] the state of being necessary : Help yourself to stationery as the need arises . If need/ needs be (= if necessary ), we can take a second car to fit everyone in. I don't think there's any need for all of us to attend the meeting .Essential or necessary be no need to do sth B2 If there is no need to do something, it is not necessary or it is wrong : There's no need to go to the shops - there's plenty of food in the fridge . I understand why she was angry but there was no need to be so rude to him. There's no need to shout , for goodness ' sake ! Just calm down.Too much and unnecessary
(Definition of need noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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