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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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