Meaning of “needn't” in the English Dictionary

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"needn't" in British English

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needn't

uk /ˈniː.dənt/ us /ˈniː.dənt/

short form of need not:

You needn't come until later.

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(Definition of “needn't” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"needn’t" in American English

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needn’t

us /ˈni·dənt/

contraction of need not:

You needn’t be shy.

(Definition of “needn’t” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)