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"need" in British English

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needverb

uk   us   /niːd/

need verb (MUST HAVE)

A1 [T] to have to have something, or to ​want something very much: Babies need ​constantcare. The ​doctor said I needed an ​operation. [+ to infinitive] I need to go to the ​toilet. Most ​people need tofeelloved. [+ obj + to infinitive ] I need you tohelp me ​choose an ​outfit. I badly need (= ​stronglywant) a ​rest from all this.informal I don't need all this ​hassle.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 ​nicehotbowl of ​soup. [+ -ing verb] This ​room needs ​cleaning. [+ past participle] She needs her ​hairwashed.
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need verb (MUST DO)

A1 [+ to infinitive or + infinitive without to] to have (to): [+ to infinitive] He needs tolose some ​weight. I need to do some ​shopping on my way ​home from ​work. There needs to be more ​effort from everyone. [+ infinitive without to] I don't ​think we need ​ask him. Nothing need be done about this till next ​week.formal "Need we take ​yourmother?" "No, we needn't."sb/sth needn't do sth UK A2 there is no ​reason for someone or something to do a ​particular thing: You needn't ​worry - I'm not going to ​mention it to anyone. It's a ​wonderful way of getting to ​see Italy, and it needn't ​cost very much.sb needn't do sth UK used, often when you are ​angry with someone, to say that they should not do a ​particular thing or that they have no ​right to do it: He needn't ​think I'm ​driving him all the way there! You needn't ​laugh! It'll be ​yourturn next!sb didn't need to used to say either that someone did a ​particular thing ​although they did not have to, or that someone did not do it because they did not have to: I gave her some ​extramoney - I ​know I didn't need to but I ​thought it would be ​kind. "Did you ​ask Sophia to ​help?" "I didn't need to - I ​managedperfectly well on my own."sb needn't have done sth UK it was not ​necessary for someone to have done a ​particular thing, ​although they did do it: You needn't have ​washed all those ​dishes, you ​know - I'd have done them myself when I got ​home. You needn't have ​worried about the ​dinner - it was ​delicious!
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neednoun

uk   us   /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 ​satisfactorylife: Are you in need ofhelp? There's agrowing need forcheaphousing in the ​largercities.needs B2 [plural] the things that a ​person must have in ​order to have a ​satisfactorylife: Housing and ​education are basic needs. They don't have enough ​food to meettheir needs.B2 [C or U] a ​feeling or ​state of ​stronglywanting something: [+ to infinitive] He ​seems to have adesperate 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 ofyoursympathy.in need not having enough ​money or ​food: You just ​hope that the ​money goes to those who are most in need. [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 toattend the ​meeting.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 ​buy more ​food - there's plenty in the ​fridge. I ​understand why she was ​angry, but there was no need to be so ​nasty to him. There's no need to ​yell! Just ​calm down.
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(Definition of need from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"need" in American English

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needverb

 us   /nid/

need verb (MUST HAVE)

[T] to be ​necessary to have something, or to ​want something very much: To make ​pastry, you need ​flour, ​fat, and ​water. Do we need anything from the ​store? Will I be needed in the ​officetomorrow? I need you to ​advise me on what to ​wear. I need a ​rest. [T] infml If you say that you don’t need something, it can ​mean that you do not ​want it because it is causing you ​trouble: I don’t need all this ​arguing. [T] If you say that someone or something needs something, you can ​mean that the ​person or thing should have it or would ​benefit from having it: What you need is some ​hotsoup to ​warm you up. My ​hair needs to be ​washed.

need verb (MUST DO)

(present tense needs or need) to have to take an ​action: [+ to infinitive] He needs to ​loseweight. [+ to infinitive] Before we make a ​decision, we need to ​considerouroptions. [+ to infinitive] I need to do some ​shopping on my way ​home. I don’t ​think we need ​ask him. Nothing need be done about this before next ​week. [+ to infinitive] As it ​turned out, I didn’t need to ​buy any ​extramaterial (= I did it, ​although I didn’t have to).

neednoun [U]

 us   /nid/

need noun [U] (SOMETHING YOU MUST HAVE)

something that you must or should have, or the ​lack of this: There’s a ​growing need for low-cost ​housing. Need can be a ​reason: [+ to infinitive] I don’t ​think there’s any need to ​worry. Need is also a ​feeling or ​state of ​greatlywanting something: [+ to infinitive] a ​desperate need to be ​loved We have no need for ​yoursympathy. Need is also the ​state of being ​necessary: Help yourself to ​supplies as the need ​arises. [+ to infinitive] There’s no need to ​buy any more ​food.in need People who are in need do not have enough ​money or need some ​type of ​help: The ​money will go to those who are most in need.in need of Someone who is in need of something must or should have it: They’re in need of ​help.
(Definition of need from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"need" in Business English

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neednoun [C, usually plural]

uk   us   /niːd/
something that you must have in ​order to ​live a ​satisfactorylife or to ​achieve a particular thing: business/consumer/customer needs One of the company's ​strengths is its ​ability to ​develop truly ​innovativeproducts to ​meetconsumer needs.changing/evolving needs We need to ​keep up with the rapidly ​changing needs of ​high-techindustry.meet/respond to/satisfy needs The ​research will ​assess how ​effectively the ​supplychain has ​metcustomer needs. address/​assess/understand sb's needs
(Definition of need from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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