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need

verb

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1 to have as a requirement
  • a national crisis that needs a strong leader to solve it

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2 to be under necessity or obligation to
  • you need not stand when she enters the room

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need

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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

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2 something necessary, indispensable, or unavoidable
  • got a job that barely provided for his basic needs

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4 the state of lacking sufficient money or material possessions
  • donating money to help those in need

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

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“Need.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/need. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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