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Usage statistics for the noun need:

spoken English37.64%written English62.36% conversational speech11.96%task-oriented speech88.04% imaginative writing29.41%informational writing70.59%
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Need is sometimes a misspelling of needed.

The word need is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun need

What does need mean as a name of something?

Need is one of the top 100 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: needs

  1. a condition requiring relief
    • examples: she satisfied his need for affection | God has no need of men to accomplish His work
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of need: demand
    • more generic words: condition / status = a state at a particular time
    • more specific words:
      • deficiency / lack / want = the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
      • necessity = the condition of being essential or indispensable
  2. anything that is necessary but lacking
  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
  4. a state of extreme poverty or destitution

Alternative definition of the noun need

noun

  1. [countable, and, uncountable] A requirement for something.
  2. Something required.

Definition of the verb need

What does need mean as a doing word?

Need is one of the top 50 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: needed | needing | needs

  1. require as useful, just, or proper
    • example: They need him to write the letter
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2]Success requires hard work
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2] from [Source]Success requires hard work from us
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2, arbitrary control with -ing]Success requires working long hours
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2, for-complement clause]Success requires for us to work hard
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2, that-complement clause]Success requires that we work hard

      Require Verbs (with the same syntax): demand, involve, necessitate, require, take.

    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of need: ask / call for / demand / involve / necessitate / postulate / require / take
    • more specific terms:
      • claim / exact / take = take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
      • govern = require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood
      • draw = require a specified depth for floating
      • cost = require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice
      • cry out for / cry for = need badly or desperately
      • compel = necessitate or exact
  2. have need of
    • examples: They need more bread | They need him to write the letter | They need to move
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme]I needed him here
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Adjective]She wanted the meat red
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme] for [Attribute]Dorothy needs her for her skills
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, accusative with -ing]I need him cooking
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, for-complement clause]I need for her to be happy
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, -ing]I need exercising
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, noun phrase with past participle]I need the children found
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, noun phrase with infinitive]I needed him to go
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, possessive with -ing]I needed his cooking
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with infinitive]I needed to come
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, to be]I need him to be nice

      Verbs of Desire (with the same syntax): desire, like, prefer, want.

    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonyms of need: require / want
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
    • more specific word: cry = demand immediate action
  3. have or feel a need for
    • example: always needing friends and money
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient]He ordered JohnOrder Verbs: allow, beseech, call, invite, okay, permit, summon, want
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] [Proposition, object control with infinitive]He ordered John to eat his sloth
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme]I needed him hereVerbs of Desire: desire, like, prefer, want
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Adjective]She wanted the meat red
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme] for [Attribute]Dorothy needs her for her skills
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, accusative with -ing]I need him cooking
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, for-complement clause]I need for her to be happy
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, -ing]I need exercising
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, noun phrase with past participle]I need the children found
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, noun phrase with infinitive]I needed him to go
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, possessive with -ing]I needed his cooking
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with infinitive]I needed to come
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, to be]I need him to be nice
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking

Alternative definition of the verb need

verb

  1. [obsolete] To be necessary (to someone).
  2. [transitive] To have an absolute requirement for.
  3. [transitive] To want strongly; to feel that one must have something.
  4. [context: modal verb] To be obliged or required (to do something).

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for need

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Google previewActing with Technology (2009)

Activity Theory and Interaction Design by Victor Kaptelinin, Bonnie A. Nardi

From a biological perspective, a need is an objective requirement of an organism . Having a need means that something should be present in the environment. Organisms...

From a psychological perspective, a need is a directedness of activities toward the world, toward bringing about desirable changes in the environment.

Google previewMystics Dictionary of Spirit Language LPE

by Ken Ludden

sensing the need to ...

Google previewThe First Dictionary of Psychoanalysis (2013)

A Gift for Sigmund Freud's 80th Birthday by Richard Sterba

Bediirfnis (need, desire; besoin) is a term frequently used in the theory of the instincts. We designate as such the peculiar feeling of tension with a persistent character of unpleasure, determined by burgeoning instinctual desire [ Triebverlangen] ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Terminology for Educational Communications and Technology (2013)

by Rita C Richey

Need is a technical term defined as a gap in results (Kaufman & Thiagarajan, 1987); it is the difference between what is and what should be. Explicit descriptions of both the desired and the actual status, both sides of the measurable gap in ...

Google previewThe New American Dream Dictionary (2006)

The Complete Language of Dreams in Easy-To-Understand Form by Joan Seaman, Tom Philbin

reverse: finances may need looking after, or work is more involved, harder than initially thought. 3. opportunities are in the offing (as in “making hay”). 4. thoughts are turning to lovemaking (as in a “roll in the hay”). 5. wordplay on “hey” in an ...

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Usage statistics about need

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun need:

spoken English37.64%written English62.36% conversational speech11.96%task-oriented speech88.04% imaginative writing29.41%informational writing70.59%

Usage statistics for the verb need:

spoken English61.28%written English38.72% conversational speech43.89%task-oriented speech56.11% imaginative writing48.71%informational writing51.29%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun need:

wantmotivationmotivedemandneed

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb need:

postulatenecessitatedemandinvolverequireaskneedwanttake

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I don't need much when I work. I don't need friends, I don't need a lover. I don't need a lot of strokes. I just need to know what's going on. (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio)
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Scrabble value of N1E1E1D2

The value of this 4-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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