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English definition of “need”

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
(Definition of need noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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