Meaning of “needn't” in the English Dictionary

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"needn't" in British English

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uk /ˈniː.dənt/ us /ˈniː.dənt/

short form of need not:

You needn't come until later.

More examples

  • You needn't do the washing up.
  • We needn't take coats with us.
  • Tom needn't come if he doesn't want to.
  • Diabetes needn't mean you can't enjoy your food.
  • We needn't tidy up until tomorrow.

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

"needn’t" in American English

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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)