English Thesaurus
(verb) 
Definition
to require or be in want of
He desperately needed money.
Synonyms
want
Our team still wants one more player.
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miss
Your mum and I are going to miss you at Christmas.
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require
A baby requires warmth and physical security.
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lack
It lacked the power of the Italian cars.
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have to have
,
(verb) 
Definition
to require or be in want of
The building needs quite a few repairs.
Synonyms
require
This requires thought, effort, and a certain ruthlessness.
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want
The grass wants cutting.
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demand
The task demands much patience and hard work.
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call for
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entail
Such a decision would entail a huge risk.
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necessitate
A prolonged drought had necessitated the introduction of water rationing.
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have occasion to or for
(verb) 
Definition
to be obliged
You needn't bother, I'll do it myself.
Synonyms
have to
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be obliged to
(noun) 
Definition
a requirement
the special nutritional needs of children
Synonyms
requirement
The products met all legal requirements.
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essential
the essentials of everyday life, such as food and water
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necessity
Water is a basic necessity of life.
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requisite
a major requisite for the work of the analysts
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must-have
(noun) 
The need for revenge kept eating at me.
Synonyms
longing
He felt a longing for the familiar.
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wish
Clearly she had no wish for his company.
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desire
I had a strong desire to help and care for people.
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hunger
He has a hunger for success that seems bottomless.
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want
The company needs to respond to the wants of our customers.
(noun) 
Definition
necessity
There's no need to call the police.
Synonyms
necessity
There is agreement on the necessity of reforms.
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call
I'm afraid there's not much call for that product round here.
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demand
The demand for coal is down.
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(noun) 
Definition
distress
In her moment of need, her mother was nowhere to be seen.
Synonyms
emergency
He has the ability to deal with emergencies quickly.
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want
He said they were fighting for freedom from want.
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necessity
They were reduced to begging through economic necessity.
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urgency
It is a matter of utmost urgency.
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exigency
Financial exigency forced him to sell up his business.
(noun) 
Definition
poverty or destitution
the state of need in the developing world
Synonyms
poverty
Many people in the region still live in absolute poverty.
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deprivation
Unemployment can sometimes cause social deprivation.
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destitution
Equality will not relieve destitution but will spread it evenly.
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neediness
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distress
There was little support to help them in their distress.
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privation (formal)
They endured years of privation during the war.
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penury
He was brought up in penury, without education.
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impecuniousness
(noun) 
Definition
the condition of lacking something
Synonyms
lack
Despite his lack of experience, he got the job.
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shortage
There's no shortage of ideas.
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inadequacy
We all make an effort to ignore our own inadequacies.
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paucity (formal)
the paucity of information
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insufficiency
Anaemia is due to insufficiency of iron.

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From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs [Karl MarxCritique of the Gotha Programme]

Additional synonyms

in the sense of call
Definition
need, demand, or desire
I'm afraid there's not much call for that product round here.
in the sense of demand
Definition
to require as just, urgent, etc.
The task demands much patience and hard work.
Synonyms
call for,
cry out for
in the sense of demand
Definition
willingness and ability to purchase goods and services
The demand for coal is down.

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