: of necessity : necessarily
must needs be recognized

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

Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Needs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/needs. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: because of necessity : necessarily
must needs be recognized

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