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Definition 1: 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 - [noun denoting tops]

Samples where need or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we did not understand his motivation
  • he acted with the best of motives

Synonyms for need in the sense of this definition

(need is a kind of ...) a feature of the mental life of a living organism

(... is a kind of need ) a motive for living

"pottery was his life"

(... is a kind of need ) a motive that can be defended by reasoning or logical argument

(... is a kind of need ) a motivation that is inconsistent with reason or logic

(... is a kind of need ) an instinctive motive

"profound religious impulses"

(... is a kind of need ) motivation based on ideas of right and wrong

(... is a kind of need ) an actuating force or factor

Definition 2: anything that is necessary but lacking - [noun denoting object]

Samples where need or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs
  • I tried to supply his wants

Synonyms for need in the sense of this definition

(need is a kind of ...) anything indispensable

"food and shelter are necessities of life" "the essentials of the good life" "allow farmers to buy their requirements under favorable conditions" "a place where the requisites of water fuel and fodder can be obtained"

Definition 3: a condition requiring relief - [noun denoting state]

Samples where need or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for need in the sense of this definition

(need is a kind of ...) a state at a particular time

"a condition (or state) of disrepair" "the current status of the arms negotiations"

(... is a kind of need ) the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable

"there is a serious lack of insight into the problem" "water is the critical deficiency in desert regions" "for want of a nail the shoe was lost"

(... is a kind of need ) the condition of being essential or indispensable

Definition 4: a state of extreme poverty or destitution - [noun denoting state]

Samples where need or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for need in the sense of this definition

(need is a kind of ...) the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions

(... is a kind of need ) the state of being a beggar or mendicant

"they were reduced to mendicancy"

Definition 5: have need of - [verb of consumption]

Samples where need or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner

Synonyms for need in the sense of this definition

(need is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(... is a kind of need ) demand immediate action

"This situation is crying for attention"

Definition 6: have or feel a need for - [verb of consumption]

Samples where need or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • always needing friends and money

Definition 7: require as useful, just, or proper - [verb of stative]

Samples where need or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for need in the sense of this definition

(need has a similar meaning as ...) take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs

"the accident claimed three lives" "The hard work took its toll on her"

(... is a kind of need ) require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood

"most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German"

(... is a kind of need ) require a specified depth for floating

"This boat draws 70 inches"

(... is a kind of need ) require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice

"This mistake cost him his job"

(... is a kind of need ) need badly or desperately

"This question cries out for an answer"

(... is a kind of need ) necessitate or exact

"the water shortage compels conservation"

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