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English definition of “need”

need

noun [U] (SOMETHING YOU MUST HAVE)   /nid/
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 greatly wanting something: [+ to infinitive] a desperate need to be loved We have no need for your sympathy. 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 noun (SOMETHING YOU MUST HAVE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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