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Dictionary definition for: Need

1. (n) 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"

2. (v) 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"

3. (n) anything that is necessary but lacking; "he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs" "I tried to supply his wants"

4. (v) have need of; "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"

5. (n) 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"

6. (v) have or feel a need for; "always needing friends and money"

7. (n) a state of extreme poverty or destitution; "their indigence appalled him" "a general state of need exists among the homeless"

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