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need

noun
 
 
/niːd/
B2 [no plural] something that is necessary to have or do: There's an urgent need for more medical supplies. [+ to do sth] Is there any need to change the current system? There's really no need for that sort of behaviour.Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessary
be in need of sth B2 to need something: My car's in desperate need of repair.Poverty and poorScarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things
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