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need

 (nēd)
n.
1. A condition or situation in which something must be supplied in order for a certain condition to be maintained or a desired state to be achieved: crops in need of water; a child's need for affection.
2. Something required or wanted; a requisite: "Those of us who led the charge for these women's issues ... shared a common vision in the needs of women" (Olympia Snowe).
3. Necessity; obligation: There is no need for you to go.
4. A condition of poverty or misfortune: The family is in dire need.
v. need·ed, need·ing, needs
v.aux.
To be under the necessity of or the obligation to: They need not come. You needn't be concerned.
v.tr.
1. To have need of; require: The family needs money. We need to get some more paint.
2. To have an obligation (to do something): You need to clean up your room.
3. To be subject (to an action) by obligation: Bags need to be stowed underneath the seat in front of you.
4. To want to be subject to: We don't need another lecture on the subject.
v.intr.
1. To be in need or want.
2. To be necessary.

[Middle English nede, from Old English nēod, nēd, distress, necessity.]
Usage Note: Depending on the sense, the verb need behaves sometimes like an auxiliary verb (such as can or may) and sometimes like a main verb (such as want or try). When used as a main verb, need agrees with its subject, takes to before the verb following it, and combines with do in questions, negations, and certain other constructions: He needs to go. Does he need to go so soon? He doesn't need to go. When used as an auxiliary verb, need does not agree with its subject, does not take to before the verb following it, and does not combine with do: He needn't go. Need he go so soon? The auxiliary forms of need are used primarily in present-tense questions, negations, and conditional clauses. Unlike can and may, auxiliary need has no form for the past tense like could and might. · When need is used as the main verb, it can be followed by a present participle, as in The car needs washing, or by to be plus a past participle, as in The car needs to be washed. However, in some areas of the United States, especially western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, many speakers omit to be and use just the past participle form, as in The car needs washed. This use of need with past participles is more common in the British Isles, being particularly prevalent in Scotland.
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Adj.1.needed - necessary for relief or supply; "provided them with all things needful"
necessary - absolutely essential

needed

adjective necessary, wanted, required, lacked, lacking, called for, desired The relief programme is designed to get much needed food to drought and war-affected areas of the country.
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Then, as we have many wants, and many persons are needed to supply them, one takes a helper for one purpose and another for another; and when these partners and helpers are gathered together in one habitation the body of inhabitants is termed a State.
And if merchandise is to be carried over the sea, skilful sailors will also be needed, and in considerable numbers?
As its holiest, it once loved "Thou-shalt": now is it forced to find illusion and arbitrariness even in the holiest things, that it may capture freedom from its love: the lion is needed for this capture.
Aye, for the game of creating, my brethren, there is needed a holy Yea unto life: ITS OWN will, willeth now the spirit; HIS OWN world winneth the world's outcast.
But more than that was needed. The heart-breaking, conspiring, undermining toil of years approached fruition.
This was hard for Fanny; but after an interval of despair, she came to the conclusion that under the circumstances it was the best thing her mother could have done, and with something of her father's energy, Fanny shouldered the new burden, feeling that at last necessity had given her what she had long needed, something to do.
Fanny let the dress lie in her lap a minute as she absently picked at the fringe, smiling to herself over the happy time when she wore it last and Sydney said she only needed cowslips in her lap to look like spring.
"These white muslins and pretty silks will keep for years, so I should lay them by till they are needed. It will save buying, and you can go to your stock any time and make over what you want.
This might well be written over his tomb, if any verse were needed to encompass him.
The lama, refreshed by his sleep and the spirit, needed no more than Kim's shoulder to bear him along - a silent, swift-striding man.
If anything is not needed in the kilta - see here!'
You needed them; I know that from Thedora herself, and it will always be a particular pleasure to me to gratify you in anything.

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