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need

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of need

  1. 1 a state of being without something necessary, desirable, or useful <when it came time to wrap the presents, he found he was in need of adhesive tape> Synonyms absence, lack, needfulness, want Related Words deficiency, deficit, inadequacy, insufficiency; dearth, meagerness, paucity, poverty, scantiness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, skimpiness; defect, minus; deprivation, famishment, privation; demand, essential, necessity, requirement, requisite Near Antonyms adequacy, enough, sufficiency; fund, pool, stock, supply; excess, fill, overabundance, oversupply, plenty, surfeit, surplus; hoard, stockpile

  2. 2 something necessary, indispensable, or unavoidable <got a job that barely provided for his basic needs> Synonyms condition, demand, must, must-have, necessary, necessity, essential, needful, requirement, requisite, sine qua nonRelated Words precondition, prerequisite; advantage, edge, plus; desideration, desideratum, wishNear Antonyms amenity, comfort, extra, extravagance, frill, indulgence, luxury, superfluity, surplus, surplusageAntonyms nonessential, nonnecessity

  3. 3 something one must do because of prior agreement <no need to apologize> Synonyms burden, charge, commitment, devoir, do [archaic], duty, imperative, incumbency, obligation, office, responsibilityRelated Words oath, pledge, promise, troth, vow, word; arrangement, prearrangement, setup; compact, contract, covenant, pact, trust; debt, payment, tribute; compulsion, constraint, restraint; must, requirement; coercion, duress, force; appointment, engagement, reservation; burden, onusNear Antonyms grace, postponement, stay; discharge, ease, exemption, release, relief, waiver; loophole; alternative, choice, option, pick, preference, selection

  4. 4 the state of lacking sufficient money or material possessions <donating money to help those in need> Synonyms beggary, destituteness, destitution, impecuniosity, impecuniousness, impoverishment, indigence, necessity, poverty, neediness, pauperism, penuriousness, penury, poorness, wantRelated Words gutter, misery, woe, wretchedness; exigency; emergency, rainy day; austerity, deprivation, privation; bankruptcy, insolvency; belt-tightening, pinching, straiteningNear Antonyms luxury, prosperityAntonyms affluence, opulence, richness, wealth, wealthiness




need

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of need

  1. 1 to have as a requirement <a national crisis that needs a strong leader to solve it> Synonyms bear, challenge, claim, demand, necessitate, require, take, want, warrant Related Words entail, involve; ask, beg, claim, clamor (for), cry (for); hurt (for), lack; command, enjoin, exact, insist, press, quest, stipulate Phrases call for Near Antonyms own, possess Antonyms have, hold

  2. 2 to be under necessity or obligation to <you need not stand when she enters the room> Synonyms have (to), must, ought (to), shall, should Related Words will





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