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Definition of Need

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require; be in distress, be under hardship; be obligated
necessity, requirement; shortage of an indispensable item; distress, hardship
Need Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
English-Latin Online Dictionary
difficultas, desiderium, indigeo
Need Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. i.)
To be wanted; to be necessary.
Want of the means of subsistence; poverty; indigence; destitution.
To be in want of; to have cause or occasion for; to lack; to require, as supply or relief.
That which is needful; anything necessary to be done; (pl.) necessary things; business.
Situation of need; peril; danger.
A state that requires supply or relief; pressing occasion for something; necessity; urgent want.
Of necessity. See Needs.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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\need\ (?), n. [oe. need, neod, nede, as. ne?d, n&ymacr;d; akin to d. nood, g. not, noth, icel. nau?r, sw. & dan. n?d, goth. naups.]
1. a state that requires supply or relief; pressing occasion for something; necessity; urgent want. and the city had no need of the sun. xxi. 23. i have no need to beg. be governed by your needs, not by your fancy. taylor.
2. want of the means of subsistence; poverty; indigence; destitution. famine is in thy cheeks; need and oppression starveth in thine eyes.
3. that which is needful; anything necessary to be done; (pl.) necessary things; business. [obs.]
4. situation of need; peril; danger. [obs.]

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The Phrase Finder
There are two ways to interpret this phrase that are in common use:
1. Someone who helps you when you are in need is a true friend.
2. Someone who needs your help becomes especially friendly to obtain it.
It seems that the majority understand and use it as version one. The earliest citation of the phrase also appears to interpret it that way.Origin
From Ennuis: 'Amicu certus in re incerta cernitur.'. Translated from the Latin as 'A sure friend is known when in difficulty.'.
A feminist slogan.
From The Bealtes' eponymous song.
From Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well.
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Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
n., riachtanas m.; gábhadh m.; easbaidh f.
have need of, am in need of: tá gábhadh agam le
v., t., tá riachtanas ó
I need a thing: tá rud uaim
English Phonetics
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Angen = n. necessity; need; fate or destiny
Eisieu = n. want, need, lack
Rhaid = n. need necessity, a. needful, necessity
Rheidiant = n. necessity, need
Rheidio = v. to necessitate; to need
Rheidusni = n. neediness, need
Australian Slang
(jocular) be insane
to want to go to the toilet
not useful
smb. has a long trip ahead of him
someone loves oneself too much
WordNet 2.0

1. 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"
(synonym) demand
(hypernym) condition, status
(hyponym) lack, deficiency, want
(derivation) want, require
2. anything that is necessary but lacking; "he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs"; "I tried to supply his wants"
(synonym) want
(hypernym) necessity, essential, requirement, requisite, necessary
(derivation) necessitate, ask, postulate, require, take, involve, call for, demand
3. 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"
(synonym) motivation, motive
(hypernym) psychological feature
(hyponym) life
4. a state of extreme poverty or destitution; "their indigence appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the homeless"
(synonym) indigence, penury, beggary, pauperism, pauperization
(hypernym) poverty, poorness, impoverishment

1. 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 postulates a patient's consent"
(synonym) necessitate, ask, postulate, require, take, involve, call for, demand
(hyponym) claim, take, exact
(verb-group) claim, take, exact
(derivation) want
2. have need of; "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"
(synonym) want, require
(hypernym) be
(hyponym) cry
(derivation) demand
3. have or feel a need for; "always needing friends and money"
Need Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Environmental Economics Glossary
A specific quantity of a specific good for which an individual would pay any price.
Dream Dictionary
To dream that you are in need, denotes that you will speculate unwisely and distressing news of absent friends will oppress you.

To see others in need, foretells that unfortunate affairs will affect yourself with others.
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project
Need Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Web Dictionary of Cybernetics and Systems
a condition which must be met continuously and unconditionally if living organisms are to be able to be motivated to maintain themselves, their identities, their existence. Continuously: because the conditions continue in consequence of having been met. Unconditionally: because without the conditions called "needs" having been met no other condition exists. (H. Brun)

Need Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
A need is something that is necessary for an organism to live a healthy life. Needs are distinguished from wants in that, in the case of a need, a deficiency causes a clear adverse outcome: a dysfunction or death.

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Need Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
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bolau, bolaya
English - Klingon
v. suffix : nIS
Need Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
A Basic Guide to ASL
The right hand, in the 'X' position, palm down, moves forcefully up and down once or twice. An expression of determination is frequently assumed.