needs

adverb
\ˈnēdz \

Definition of needs 

: of necessity : necessarily must needs be recognized

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Examples of needs in a Sentence

the dangers of global warming must needs be recognized—and recognized soon—by the industrialized nations of the world

First Known Use of needs

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for needs

Middle English nedes, from Old English nēdes, from genitive of nēd need

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Dictionary Entries near needs

needment

needn't

need-not

needs

needy

neeld

neem

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The first known use of needs was before the 12th century

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