Need Definition

Define what is Need?

1. need, demand (noun)

a condition requiring relief.

  • she satisfied his need for affection.
  • God has no need of men to accomplish His work.
  • there is a demand for jobs.
Synonyms: demand

condition, status noun
a state at a particular time.


deficiency, lack, want noun
the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable.

necessity noun
the condition of being essential or indispensable.

2. necessitate, need, require, call for, demand, postulate, involve, ask, take (verb)

require as useful, just, or proper.

  • It takes nerve to do what she did.
  • success usually requires hard work.
  • This job asks a lot of patience and skill.
  • This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice.
  • This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert.
  • This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent.
Antonyms: obviate, rid of, eliminate (verb)

do away with.


exact, claim, take verb
take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs.

govern verb
require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood.

draw verb
require a specified depth for floating.

cost verb
require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice.

cry for, cry out for verb
need badly or desperately.

compel verb
necessitate or exact.

3. need, want (noun)

anything that is necessary but lacking.

  • he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs.
  • I tried to supply his wants.
Synonyms: want

essential, necessary, requisite, necessity, requirement noun
anything indispensable.

4. need, want, require (verb)

have need of.

  • This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner.
Synonyms: want, require

Be verb
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun).


cry verb
demand immediate action.

5. motivation, motive, need (noun)

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.

  • we did not understand his motivation.
  • he acted with the best of motives.
Synonyms: motivation, motive

psychological feature noun
a feature of the mental life of a living organism.


life noun
a motive for living.

rational motive noun
a motive that can be defended by reasoning or logical argument.

irrational motive noun
a motivation that is inconsistent with reason or logic.

impulse, urge noun
an instinctive motive.

ethical motive, ethics, morals, morality noun
motivation based on ideas of right and wrong.

mental energy, psychic energy noun
an actuating force or factor.

6. need (verb)

have or feel a need for.

  • always needing friends and money.

7. indigence, pauperism, pauperization, penury, need (noun)

a state of extreme poverty or destitution.

  • their indigence appalled him.
  • a general state of need exists among the homeless.

impoverishment, poorness, poverty noun
the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions.


mendicancy, mendicity, beggary noun
the state of being a beggar or mendicant.

Nearby Terms

needed (adjective satellite)
necessary for relief or supply

needer (noun)
a person who wants or needs something

needful (adjective satellite)
necessary for relief or supply

needfully (adverb)
in an essential manner

neediness (noun)
a state of extreme poverty

needle (noun)
the leaf of a conifer

needle bearing (noun)
bearings containing small metal balls

needle biopsy (noun)
biopsy of deep tissue that is obtained through a hollow needle

needle blight (noun)
a disease of conifers causing the needles to fall

needle bush (noun)
shrub with pungent rigid needle-shaped leaves and white flowers; eastern Australia

needle cast (noun)
a disease of conifers causing the needles to fall

needle furze (noun)
prickly yellow-flowered shrub of the moors of New England and Europe

needle palm (noun)
yucca with long stiff leaves having filamentlike appendages

needle rush (noun)
fine-leaved aquatic spike rush; popular as aerator for aquariums

needle spike rush (noun)
fine-leaved aquatic spike rush; popular as aerator for aquariums