need

A need is something essential: people need food, water, and shelter. When you lack them, you're in need.

Besides physical needs like sleep, people have lots of psychological needs: like for love and friendship. To pass an exam, you need to study. To lose weight, you need to exercise more and eat less. Drug addicts feel a physical need for their drug — so do smokers. Often, we feel we need things that we actually just want: like a new video game or car. When someone is trying hard to get something, they might say "I need it!"

Definitions of need
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v have need of

Synonyms:
require, want
Types:
cry
demand immediate action
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v have or feel a need for

“always needing friends and money”

v require as useful, just, or proper

Synonyms:
ask, call for, demand, involve, necessitate, postulate, require, take
claim, exact, take
take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
Antonyms:
eliminate, obviate, rid of
do away with
Types:
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claim, exact, take
take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
govern
require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood
draw
require a specified depth for floating
cost
require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice
cry for, cry out for
need badly or desperately
compel
necessitate or exact

n a condition requiring relief

“she satisfied his need for affection”
“God has no need of men to accomplish His work”
Synonyms:
demand
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deficiency, lack, want
the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
necessity
the condition of being essential or indispensable
absence
the state of being absent
dearth, famine, shortage
an acute insufficiency
deficit
a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning
mineral deficiency
lack of a mineral micronutrient that is essential for normal nutrition or metabolism
shortness
the condition of being short of something
stringency, tightness
a state occasioned by scarcity of money and a shortage of credit
requisiteness
the state of being absolutely required
urgency
the state of being urgent; an earnest and insistent necessity
Type of:
condition, status
a state at a particular time

n anything that is necessary but lacking

“he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs
Synonyms:
want
Type of:
essential, necessary, necessity, requirement, requisite
anything indispensable

n the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior

Synonyms:
motivation, motive
Types:
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life
a motive for living
rational motive
a motive that can be defended by reasoning or logical argument
irrational motive
a motivation that is inconsistent with reason or logic
impulse, urge
an instinctive motive
ethical motive, ethics, morality, morals
motivation based on ideas of right and wrong
mental energy, psychic energy
an actuating force or factor
ground, reason
a rational motive for a belief or action
incentive, inducement, motivator
a positive motivational influence
deterrence, disincentive
a negative motivational influence
abience
(psychology) an urge to withdraw or avoid a situation or an object
adience
(psychology) an urge to accept or approach a situation or an object
Thanatos, death instinct, death wish
(psychoanalysis) an unconscious urge to die
irrational impulse
a strong spontaneous and irrational motivation
cacoethes, mania, passion
an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
itchy feet, wanderlust
very strong or irresistible impulse to travel
compulsion, obsession
an irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will
hedonism
the pursuit of pleasure as a matter of ethical principle
conscience, moral sense, scruples, sense of right and wrong
motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions
Christ Within, Inner Light, Light, Light Within
a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul
incitation, incitement, provocation
something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to action
libidinal energy
(psychoanalysis) psychic energy produced by the libido
Type of:
psychological feature
a feature of the mental life of a living organism

n a state of extreme poverty or destitution

“a general state of need exists among the homeless”
Synonyms:
indigence, pauperisation, pauperism, pauperization, penury
Types:
beggary, mendicancy, mendicity
the state of being a beggar or mendicant
Type of:
impoverishment, poorness, poverty
the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions

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