Synonyms of 'need'
to require or be in want ofHe desperately needed money.
to require or be in want ofThe building needs quite a few repairs.
This requires thought, effort, and a certain ruthlessness.
The grass wants cutting.
The task demands much patience and hard work.
Such a decision would entail a huge risk.
A prolonged drought had necessitated the introduction of water rationing.
have occasion to or for
a requirementthe special nutritional needs of children
The need for revenge kept eating at me.
necessityThere's no need to call the police.
distressIn her moment of need, her mother was nowhere to be seen.
poverty or destitutionthe state of need in the developing world
Many people in the region still live in absolute poverty.
Unemployment can sometimes cause social deprivation.
Equality will not relieve destitution but will spread it evenly.
There was little support to help them in their distress.
They endured years of privation during the war.
He was brought up in penury, without education.
the condition of lacking something
See in need
From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs – Critique of the Gotha Programme]
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in the sense of call
need, demand, or desireI'm afraid there's not much call for that product round here.
in the sense of demand
to require as just, urgent, etc.The task demands much patience and hard work.
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