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Etymology 1

Old English nēd

Noun

Singular
need

Plural
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need ({{{1}}})
  1. Something needed.
    I've always tried to have few needs beyond food, clothing and shelter.
Usage notes
  • Adjectives often used with "need": physiological, psychological, emotional, psychosocial, human, special, basic, etc.
Derived terms
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Etymology 2

Old English nēodian

Verb

Infinitive
to need

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to need (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive): To have an absolute requirement for.
    Living things need water to survive.
  2. (transitive): To want strongly; to feel that one must have something.
    After ten days of hiking, I needed a shower and a shave.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To be obliged or required to.
    You need not go if you don't want to.
Usage notes
  • The verb need is construed in a few different ways:
    • With a direct object, as in "I need your help."
    • With a to-infinitive, as in "I need to go." In this use, need is a subject-control verb, except when the infinitive's subject is explicitly provided by a for phrase, as in "I need for this to happen."
    • With a direct object and a to-infinitive, as in "I need this to happen." This construction is synonymous with the previous construction, with for; that is, the direct object is semantically the subject of the infinitive. Hence, need is an object-raising verb.
    • As a modal verb, with a bare infinitive; only in the negative, as in "It need not happen today." Need in this use does not have inflected forms.
    • Rarely, with a past participle, as in "Something needs done",[1] which is synonymous with "Something needs to be done." Note that many speakers do not find this construction to be acceptable.
    • Colloquially, in the construction "I need me <direct object>", which is a more emphatic version of "I need <direct object>."
Translations
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West Frisian

Noun

need c.

  1. need

Derived terms

  1. needsaaklik (adj) necessary

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