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Entry Word: need
Function: noun
Text: 1 a state of being without something necessary, desirable, or useful <when it came time to wrap the presents, he found he was in need of adhesive tape>
Synonyms absence, lack, needfulness, want
Related Words deficiency, deficit, inadequacy, insufficiency; dearth, meagerness, paucity, poverty, scantiness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, skimpiness; defect, minus; deprivation, famishment, privation; demand, essential, necessity, requirement, requisite
Near Antonyms adequacy, enough, sufficiency; fund, pool, stock, supply; excess, fill, overabundance, oversupply, plenty, surfeit, surplus; hoard, stockpile
2 something necessary, indispensable, or unavoidable <got a job that provided for his basic needs> -- see ESSENTIAL 1
3 something one must do because of prior agreement <no need to apologize> -- see OBLIGATION
4 the state of lacking sufficient money or material possessions <donating money to help those in need> -- see POVERTY 1