necessary Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "necessary" - English Dictionary

See all translations

necessaryadjective

uk   us   /ˈnes.ə.ser.i/
B1 needed in order to achieve a particular result: He lacks the necessary skills for the job. I don't have much time so I won't be staying any longer than necessary. Just do what's necessary and then leave. If necessary, we can always change the dates of our trip. Is it necessary for all of us to be present at the meeting this afternoon? We don't want to take any more luggage with us than is strictly necessary. used in negatives and questions to show that you disapprove of something and do not think it should be used or done: I don't think that kind of language is necessary in a show that kids could be watching. Was it really necessary for you to say that?
More examples
(Definition of necessary from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of necessary?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “necessary”

Definitions of “necessary” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
poke

to greet someone on a social networking website by leaving them a special short message

Word of the Day

The cake was made by my sister: how to use the passive in English.
The cake was made by my sister: how to use the passive in English.
by Liz Walter,
June 24, 2015
Look at these two sentences: My sister made the cake. The cake was made by my sister. Both these sentences mean the same. The first is an active sentence: it tells you what the sister did. The second is a passive sentence: it tells you what happened to the cake. Here are

Read More 

burger noun
burger noun
June 29, 2015
a menu on a computer screen comprising three short parallel horizontal lines which the user clicks to see options Definitely use a burger. You could put the settings in the burger menu too. Fix the settings to the bottom of the burger menu and use a vertically scrolling contact list that scrolls behind

Read More