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lack; requirement; necessity
Not to be confused with:
knead – work dough or clay into a mass; massage
kneed – struck or touched with the knee
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1. A condition or situation in which something must be supplied in order for a certain condition to be maintained or a desired state to be achieved: crops in need of water; a child's need for affection.
2. Something required or wanted; a requisite: "Those of us who led the charge for these women's issues ... shared a common vision in the needs of women" (Olympia Snowe).
3. Necessity; obligation: There is no need for you to go.
4. A condition of poverty or misfortune: The family is in dire need.
v. need·ed, need·ing, needs
To be under the necessity of or the obligation to: They need not come. You needn't be concerned.
1. To have need of; require: The family needs money. We need to get some more paint.
2. To have an obligation (to do something): You need to clean up your room.
3. To be subject (to an action) by obligation: Bags need to be stowed underneath the seat in front of you.
4. To want to be subject to: We don't need another lecture on the subject.
1. To be in need or want.
2. To be necessary.

[Middle English nede, from Old English nēod, nēd, distress, necessity.]
Usage Note: Depending on the sense, the verb need behaves sometimes like an auxiliary verb (such as can or may) and sometimes like a main verb (such as want or try). When used as a main verb, need agrees with its subject, takes to before the verb following it, and combines with do in questions, negations, and certain other constructions: He needs to go. Does he need to go so soon? He doesn't need to go. When used as an auxiliary verb, need does not agree with its subject, does not take to before the verb following it, and does not combine with do: He needn't go. Need he go so soon? The auxiliary forms of need are used primarily in present-tense questions, negations, and conditional clauses. Unlike can and may, auxiliary need has no form for the past tense like could and might. · When need is used as the main verb, it can be followed by a present participle, as in The car needs washing, or by to be plus a past participle, as in The car needs to be washed. However, in some areas of the United States, especially western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, many speakers omit to be and use just the past participle form, as in The car needs washed. This use of need with past participles is more common in the British Isles, being particularly prevalent in Scotland.
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1. (tr) to be in want of: to need money.
2. (tr) to require or be required of necessity (to be or do something); be obliged: to need to do more work.
3. (takes an infinitive without to) used as an auxiliary in negative and interrogative sentences to express necessity or obligation, and does not add -s when used with he, she, it, and singular nouns: need he go?.
4. (intr) archaic to be essential or necessary to: there needs no reason for this.
5. the fact or an instance of feeling the lack of something: he has need of a new coat.
6. a requirement: the need for vengeance.
7. necessity or obligation resulting from some situation: no need to be frightened.
8. distress or extremity: a friend in need.
9. extreme poverty or destitution; penury
[Old English nēad, nied; related to Old Frisian nēd, Old Saxon nōd, Old High German nōt]
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n., v.
auxiliary v., pres. sing. 3rd pers. need. n.
1. a requirement, necessary duty, or obligation: There is no need to go there.
2. a lack of something wanted or deemed necessary: the needs of the poor.
3. urgent want, as of something requisite: They have need of your charity.
4. necessity arising from existing circumstances: There is need for caution now.
5. a situation or time of difficulty: to help a friend in need.
6. a condition marked by the lack of something requisite: the need for leadership.
7. destitution; extreme poverty: The family's need is acute.
8. to have need of; require: to need money.
9. to be in need or want.
10. Archaic. to be necessary.
auxiliary v.
11. (used to express obligation or necessity, esp. in interrogative or negative statements): Need I say more?
if need be, should the necessity arise.
[before 900; (n.) Middle English nede, Old English nēd, c. Old Frisian nēd, Old High German nōt (German Not), Old Norse nauth, Gothic nauths; (v.) Middle English neden, Old English nēodian]
need′er, n.
syn: See lack.
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Need has the negative forms need not and do not need. The contracted forms needn't and don't need are also used. However, you cannot use all these forms for all meanings of need. This is explained below.

1. used as a transitive verb

If you need something, it is necessary for you to have it.

These animals need food throughout the winter.
He desperately needed money.

For this meaning of need, the negative form is do not need.

You do not need special tools for this job.
I don't need any help, thank you.
I didn't need any further encouragement.

Be Careful!
Don't use a progressive form of 'need'. Don't say, for example, 'We are needing some milk'. Say 'We need some milk'.

2. used as an intransitive verb or modal

If you need to do something, it is necessary for you to do it.

You'll need to work hard to pass this exam.
For an answer to these problems we need to look elsewhere.

You must use to in sentences like these. Don't say, for example, 'You'll need work hard to pass this exam'.

3. questions and negatives

In negative statements you usually use do not need to. You say, for example, 'He doesn't need to go'. You can also use need not as the negative form. For example, you can say 'He needn't go'. However, this is less common and more formal. Don't say 'He doesn't need go' or 'He needn't to go'.

You don't need to shout.
You needn't talk about it unless you want to.

In questions, you almost always use do and need to. You usually only use need on its own in a few set phrases, such as 'Need I say more?' and 'Need I remind you?'

Do you need to go?
Need I remind you that you owe the company money?
4. 'must not'

If you tell someone that they don't need to or need not do something, you are saying that it is not necessary for them to do it. If you want to say that it is necessary for someone not to do something, don't use 'need'. Instead you use must not or mustn't.

You must not accept it.
We mustn't forget the tickets.
See must
5. talking about the past

If you want to say that it was not necessary for someone to do something at a time in the past, you say that they didn't need to do it or they didn't have to do it. Don't say that they 'needn't' do it.

I didn't need to say anything at all.
Fortunately, she didn't have to choose.

However, in a reporting structure you can use needn't.

They knew they needn't worry about me.

If someone has done something and you want to say that it was not necessary, you can say that they needn't have done it.

I was wondering whether you were eating properly, but I needn't have worried, need I?
6. 'need' with -ing forms

You can use need with an -ing form to say that something should have something done to it. For example, you can say 'The cooker needs cleaning', rather than 'The cooker needs to be cleaned'.

The plan needs improving.
We made a list of things that needed doing.
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Past participle: needed
Gerund: needing

I need
you need
he/she/it needs
we need
you need
they need
I needed
you needed
he/she/it needed
we needed
you needed
they needed
Present Continuous
I am needing
you are needing
he/she/it is needing
we are needing
you are needing
they are needing
Present Perfect
I have needed
you have needed
he/she/it has needed
we have needed
you have needed
they have needed
Past Continuous
I was needing
you were needing
he/she/it was needing
we were needing
you were needing
they were needing
Past Perfect
I had needed
you had needed
he/she/it had needed
we had needed
you had needed
they had needed
I will need
you will need
he/she/it will need
we will need
you will need
they will need
Future Perfect
I will have needed
you will have needed
he/she/it will have needed
we will have needed
you will have needed
they will have needed
Future Continuous
I will be needing
you will be needing
he/she/it will be needing
we will be needing
you will be needing
they will be needing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been needing
you have been needing
he/she/it has been needing
we have been needing
you have been needing
they have been needing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been needing
you will have been needing
he/she/it will have been needing
we will have been needing
you will have been needing
they will have been needing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been needing
you had been needing
he/she/it had been needing
we had been needing
you had been needing
they had been needing
I would need
you would need
he/she/it would need
we would need
you would need
they would need
Past Conditional
I would have needed
you would have needed
he/she/it would have needed
we would have needed
you would have needed
they would have needed
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.need - a condition requiring reliefneed - 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"
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
deficiency, lack, want - the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable; "there is a serious lack of insight into the problem"; "water is the critical deficiency in desert regions"; "for want of a nail the shoe was lost"
necessity - the condition of being essential or indispensable
2.need - anything that is necessary but lacking; "he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs"; "I tried to supply his wants"
essential, necessary, requisite, necessity, requirement - anything indispensable; "food and shelter are necessities of life"; "the essentials of the good life"; "allow farmers to buy their requirements under favorable conditions"; "a place where the requisites of water fuel and fodder can be obtained"
3.need - the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goalneed - 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"
psychological feature - a feature of the mental life of a living organism
life - a motive for living; "pottery was his life"
rational motive - a motive that can be defended by reasoning or logical argument
irrational motive - a motivation that is inconsistent with reason or logic
impulse, urge - an instinctive motive; "profound religious impulses"
ethical motive, ethics, morals, morality - motivation based on ideas of right and wrong
mental energy, psychic energy - an actuating force or factor
4.need - a state of extreme poverty or destitution; "their indigence appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the homeless"
impoverishment, poorness, poverty - the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions
mendicancy, mendicity, beggary - the state of being a beggar or mendicant; "they were reduced to mendicancy"
Verb1.need - 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"; "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"
exact, claim, take - take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs; "the accident claimed three lives"; "The hard work took its toll on her"
govern - require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood; "most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German"
draw - require a specified depth for floating; "This boat draws 70 inches"
cost - require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice; "This mistake cost him his job"
cry for, cry out for - need badly or desperately; "This question cries out for an answer"
compel - necessitate or exact; "the water shortage compels conservation"
2.need - have need of; "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"
cry - demand immediate action; "This situation is crying for attention"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
3.need - have or feel a need for; "always needing friends and money"
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1. want, miss, require, lack, have to have, demand He desperately needed money.
2. require, want, demand, call for, entail, necessitate, have occasion to or for The building needs quite a few repairs.
3. have to, be obliged to You needn't bother, I'll do it myself.
1. requirement, demand, essential, necessity, requisite, desideratum the special nutritional needs of children
2. longing, wish, desire, hunger, want The need for revenge kept eating at me.
3. necessity, call, demand, requirement, obligation There's no need to call the police.
4. emergency, want, necessity, urgency, exigency In her moment of need, her mother was nowhere to be seen.
5. poverty, deprivation, destitution, neediness, distress, extremity, privation, penury, indigence, impecuniousness the state of need in Third World countries
in need poor, deprived, disadvantaged, impoverished, needy, destitute, poverty-stricken Food supplies are being sent to people in need.
"From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs" [Karl Marx Critique of the Gotha Programme]
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1. A condition in which something necessary or desirable is required or wanted:
3. Something asked for or needed:
demand, exigence, exigency (often used in plural), want.
4. An act or course of action that is demanded of one, as by position, custom, law, or religion:
1. To be required or compelled to do:
Idioms: have got to, have to, must needs.
2. To be without what is needed, required, or essential:
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حَاجَةٌحاجَهحاجَه، فَقْرسَبَب، حاجَهيَجِب، عَلَيْك، بِحاجَه
nauîsyn, ástæîaneyî, örbirgîòarfnastòörfverîa, òurfa
be reikalobūti reikalingamnereikalinganereikalingasreikalingumas
būt nepieciešamam, būt nepieciešamībaiiemeslsjust vajadzībunabadzībatrūkums
ihtiyaçihtiyacı olmakmuhtaçlıknedensebep
cầnnhu cầu


A. N
1. (= necessity) → necesidad f (for, of de) I see no needno veo la necesidad
without the need to pay so muchsin necesidad de pagar tanto
staff are always available, in case of needsiempre hay personal disponible en caso de necesidad
there is a need for qualified staffhay demanda de personal cualificado
there is every need for discretion in this matteres muy necesario mantener discreción en este asunto
a house in need of paintinguna casa que hace falta pintar
to be in need of; have need of; stand in need ofnecesitar
when I'm in need of a drinkcuando necesito un trago, cuando me hace falta tomar algo
there's no need to worryno hay por qué preocuparse
there's no need for you to gono hace falta or no es preciso que vayas
there's no need for that sort of language!¡no hay ninguna necesidad de usar ese vocabulario!, ¡no hace falta usar ese vocabulario!
I have no need of adviceno me hacen falta consejos, no necesito consejos
in times of needen momentos de apuro or necesidad
see also needs
2. (= poverty) → necesidad f, indigencia f
to be in needestar necesitado
3. (= thing needed) → necesidad f
the needs of industrylas necesidades de la industria
my needs are fewes poco lo que necesito
bodily needsnecesidades fpl corporales
a holiday that caters for every needunas vacaciones que satisfacen todas las necesidades
they tended to my every needprocuraban que no me faltase de nada
to supply sb's needsproveer lo que necesita algn
1. [person] → necesitar
I need a bigger carnecesito or me hace falta un coche más grande
I need two more to make up the seriesme faltan dos para completar la serie
I need to get some petroltengo que echar gasolina
she needs to go to the toilettiene que ir al servicio or (LAm) al baño
he needs to be told everything twicehay que decírselo todo dos veces
they don't need to be told all the detailsno es preciso or no hace falta contarles todos los detalles
you only needed to asktenía más que pedírmelo
he needs watchinghay que vigilarlo
that's all I need!, that's just what I need! (iro) → ¡sólo me faltaba eso! (iro), ¡lo que me faltaba! (iro)
it's just what I neededes precisamente lo que necesitaba
I need this like I need a hole in the headesto es lo último que necesitaba
a much needed holidayunas vacaciones muy necesarias
he needed no askingno se hizo de rogar
who needs more motorways?¿para qué queremos más autopistas?
2. (= require) [+ concentration, effort, skill] → requerir
it needs carerequiere cuidado
a visa is neededse requiere un visado
this room needs paintingeste cuarto hay que or hace falta pintarlo
I gave it a much needed washle di un buen lavado, que era lo que necesitaba
the report needs no commentel informe no deja lugar a comentarios
this will need some explainingno va a ser fácil explicar esto
3. (impersonal) it doesn't need to be done nowno hace falta hacerlo ahora
it doesn't need me to tell himno hace falta que yo se lo diga
it needed a war to alter thatfue necesaria una guerra para cambiar eso
C. AUX VB need I go?¿es necesario que vaya?, ¿tengo que ir?
I need hardly remind you thatno hace falta que les recuerde que ...
need I say that this is untrue?ni que decir tiene que esto no es cierto
it need not follow thatlo que no significa necesariamente que ...
I needn't have botheredfue trabajo perdido
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(= necessity) → besoin m
to feel the need to do sth → ressentir le besoin de faire qch
to be in need of sth [person] → avoir besoin de qch
vulnerable children who are in need of help → des enfants vulnérables qui ont besoin d'aide
The law is in need of revision → La loi a besoin d'être révisée.
in case of need → en cas de besoin
there's no need (= it's not necessary) → pas besoin
"I'll wipe the dishes." - "There's no need." → "Je vais essuyer la vaisselle." - "Pas besoin"
There's no need for that → Il n'y a pas besoin de ça.
There's no need for us to finish this today → Nous n'avons pas besoin de finir ça aujourd'hui.
to have no need to do sth → ne pas avoir besoin de faire qch
He has no need to work → Il n'a pas besoin de travailler.
there's no need to do ... → il n'y a pas besoin de faire ..., il n'est nul besoin de faire ...
There's no need to shout → Il n'y a pas besoin de crier.
All right, no need to shout → D'accord, pas besoin de crier.
There's no need to get so upset
BUT Il n'y a pas de quoi se mettre dans des états pareils.
to answer a need → répondre à un besoin
These groups are obviously answering a need → Il est évident que ces groupes répondent à un besoin.
there's a need for → il y a un besoin de
There's a need for more information → Il y a un besoin de plus d'information.
if need be (= if necessary) → si besoin est
Boil for 6 hours, topping up the water if need be → Faites bouillir pendant six heures, en remettant de l'eau si besoin est.
(= poverty) → le besoin m
to be in need (= poor) → être dans le besoin
children in need → les enfants dans le besoin needs
npl [person] → besoins mpl; [industry, country] → besoins mpl
You never consider my needs → Tu ne prends jamais mes besoins en compte.
to meet sb's needs → pourvoir aux besoins de qn
£100 will meet my immediate needs → 100 livres pourvoiront à mes besoins immédiats.
emotional needs → besoins émotionnels
(= require) [person] → avoir besoin de
I need a bigger size → J'ai besoin d'une plus grande taille.
You need glasses → Tu as besoin de lunettes.
I need a holiday → J'ai besoin de vacances.
to need to do sth → avoir besoin de faire qch
I need to change some money → J'ai besoin de changer de l'argent.
to need looking after
He needs looking after → Il a besoin qu'on s'occupe de lui.
who needs it? (suggesting sth is unnecessary or not useful)à quoi ça sert?
(= be due for)
The car needs a service → La voiture a besoin d'une révision.
The car needs servicing → La voiture a besoin d'être révisée.
The garden needs tidying → Le jardin a besoin d'être nettoyé.
(conveying obligation)
You don't need to go → Vous n'êtes pas obligé de partir.
You don't need to be a doctor to see he's ill → Il n'y a pas besoin d'être docteur pour voir qu'il est malade
a signature is needed → il faut une signature
modal aux vb (= have to)
He needn't know I'm here → Il n'a pas besoin de savoir que je suis ici.
Come along, Mother, we needn't take up any more of Mr Kemp's time → Venez Mère, nul besoin d'abuser encore du temps de M. Kemp.
"Need I stay?" - "No, you needn't." → "Dois-je rester?" - "Non, c'est inutile."
I needn't add that ... → nul besoin d'ajouter que ...
I needn't add that if you fail to do as I ask, you will suffer the consequences → Nul besoin d'ajouter que si vous ne faisiez pas ce que je vous demande, vous en souffririez les conséquences.
I needn't have worried → Je n'avais pas lieu de m'inquiéter.
Need I say more? → Est-il besoin d'en dire plus?
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no pl (= necessity)Notwendigkeit f (→ for +gen); if need benötigenfalls, wenn nötig; in case of neednotfalls, im Notfall; (there is) no need for somethingetw ist nicht nötig; (there is) no need to do somethingetw braucht nicht or muss nicht unbedingt getan werden; there is no need for somebody to do somethingjd braucht etw nicht zu tun; there is no need for tearsdu brauchst nicht zu weinen; there was no need to send it immediatelyes war nicht nötig, es sofort zu schicken; there’s no need to get angrydu brauchst nicht gleich wütend zu werden; to be (badly) in need of something (person) → etw (dringend) brauchen; those most in need of helpdiejenigen, die Hilfe am nötigsten brauchen; to be in need of repairreparaturbedürftig sein; to be in need of an overhaul(dringend) überholt werden müssen; this window is in need of a coat of paintdieses Fenster könnte ein wenig Farbe gut gebrauchen; to have no need of somethingetw nicht brauchen; to have no need to do somethingetw nicht zu tun brauchen
no pl (= misfortune)Not f; in time(s) of needin schwierigen Zeiten, in Zeiten der Not; do not fail me in my hour of need (usu iro)verlass mich nicht in der Stunde der Not
no pl (= poverty)Not f; to be in great needgroße Not leiden; those in needdie Notleidenden pl, → die Not Leidenden pl
(= requirement)Bedürfnis nt; the body’s need for oxygendas Sauerstoffbedürfnis des Körpers; my needs are fewich stelle nur geringe Ansprüche; a list of all your needseine Aufstellung all dessen, was Sie brauchen; your need is greater than mineSie haben es nötiger als ich; there is a great need for …es besteht ein großer Bedarf an (+dat); investment is one of the firm’s greatest needsdie Firma braucht dringend Investitionen
(= require)brauchen; he needed no second invitationman musste ihn nicht zweimal bitten; to need no introductionkeine spezielle Einführung brauchen; much neededdringend notwendig; what I need is a good drinkich brauche etwas zu trinken; just what I neededgenau das Richtige; that’s/you’re all I needed (iro)das hat/du hast mir gerade noch gefehlt; this incident needs some explanationdieser Vorfall bedarf einer Erklärung (gen); it needs a service/a coat of paint/careful considerationes muss gewartet/gestrichen/gründlich überlegt werden; is a visa needed to enter the USA?braucht man für die Einreise in die USA ein Visum?; it needed a revolution to change thates bedurfte einer Revolution, um das zu ändern; it needed an accident to make him drive carefullyer musste erst einen Unfall haben, bevor er vernünftig fuhr
(in verbal constructions) something needs doing or to be doneetw muss gemacht werden; he needs watching/cheering upman muss ihn beobachten/aufheitern, er muss beobachtet/aufgeheitert werden; to need to do something (= have to)etw tun müssen; not to need to do somethingetw nicht zu tun brauchen; he doesn’t need to be toldman braucht es ihm nicht zu sagen; you shouldn’t need to be tolddas müsste man dir nicht erst sagen müssen; it doesn’t need me to tell you thatdas brauche ich dir ja wohl nicht zu sagen; she needs to have everything explained to herman muss ihr alles erklären
vb aux
(indicating obligation: in positive contexts) → müssen; need he go?muss er gehen?; need I say more?mehr brauche ich ja wohl nicht zu sagen; I need hardly say that …ich brauche wohl kaum zu erwähnen, dass …; no-one need go or needs to go home yetes braucht noch keiner nach Hause zu gehen; you only needed (to) askdu hättest nur (zu) fragen brauchen; one need only lookein Blick genügt
(indicating obligation: in negative contexts) → brauchen; you needn’t waitdu brauchst nicht (zu) warten; we needn’t have come/gonewir hätten gar nicht kommen/gehen brauchen; I/you needn’t have bothereddas war nicht nötig
(indicating logical necessity) need that be true?ist das notwendigerweise wahr?; that needn’t be the casedas muss nicht unbedingt der Fall sein; it need not follow that …daraus folgt nicht unbedingt, dass …
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1. n
a. (necessity, obligation) → bisogno, necessità f inv
if need(s) be → se necessario
in case of need → in caso di bisogno or necessità
there's no need to worry → non c'è bisogno di preoccuparsi
there's no need for you to come too → non c'è bisogno or non occorre che venga anche tu
what need is there to buy it? → che bisogno c'è di comprarlo?
b. (want, lack) → bisogno; (poverty) → povertà, bisogno
to be in need of, to have need of → aver bisogno di
she felt in need of a friend → sentiva il bisogno di un amico
there's a great need for a book on this subject → c'è molto bisogno di un libro su questo argomento
in times of need → nei momenti difficili
to be in need → essere bisognoso/a
c. (thing needed) → bisogno, necessità f inv
£100 will meet my immediate needs → 100 sterline mi basteranno per le necessità più urgenti
his needs are few → non ha grosse esigenze
the needs of industry → le esigenze dell'industria
2. vtaver bisogno di
he needs money → ha bisogno di soldi, gli occorrono soldi
I need it → ne ho bisogno, mi serve
it's just what I need → è proprio quel che mi ci vuole
a signature is needed → occorre or ci vuole una firma
a much needed holiday → una vacanza di cui si ha proprio bisogno
all that you need → tutto ciò che occorre
he doesn't need me to tell him what to do → non c'è bisogno che sia io a dirgli cosa deve fare
he needs watching or to be watched → va tenuto d'occhio
this book needs careful reading → questo libro richiede un'attenta lettura
the report needs no comment → il rapporto non ha bisogno di commenti
he needs to have everything explained to him → bisogna spiegargli proprio tutto
he doesn't need to be told all the details → non c'è bisogno di or non occorre dirgli tutti i particolari
you only needed to ask → bastava che lo chiedessi
it needed a war to alter things → c'è voluta una guerra per cambiare le cose
3. modal aux vb need I go?devo (proprio) andarci?
I need hardly tell you that ... → non c'è bisogno che io le dica or di dirle che...
I need to do it → bisogna che io lo faccia, lo devo fare
you don't need to go → non c'è bisogno che or non è necessario che tu vada, non devi andare per forza
you needn't wait → non c'è bisogno che or non è necessario che aspetti
you needn't have bothered to come → non occorreva che venissi
it need not be done now → non c'è bisogno di farlo ora
it need not follow that ... → non ne consegue necessariamente che... + sub
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(niːd) negative short form needn't (ˈniːdnt) verb
1. to require. This page needs to be checked again; This page needs checking again; Do you need any help?
2. to be obliged. You need to work hard if you want to succeed; They don't need to come until six o'clock; She needn't have given me such an expensive present.
1. something essential, that one must have. Food is one of our basic needs.
2. poverty or other difficulty. Many people are in great need.
3. a reason. There is no need for panic.
ˈneedless adjective, adverb
unnecessary. You are doing a lot of needless work; Needless to say, he couldn't do it.
ˈneedlessly adverb
ˈneedy adjective
poor. You must help needy people.
a need for
a lack of; a requirement for. There is an urgent need for teachers in this city.
in need of
requiring; having a lack of. We're in need of more money; You're badly in need of a haircut.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


حَاجَةٌ, يَحَتاجُ إِلَى potřeba, potřebovat behov, behøve Bedürfnis, brauchen ανάγκη, χρειάζομαι necesidad, necesitar tarve, tarvita avoir besoin, besoin potreba, trebati aver bisogno, esigenza 必要, 必要とする 요구, 필요하다 behoefte, nodig hebben behov, trenge potrzeba, potrzebować necessidade, precisar необходимый элемент, нуждаться behov, behöva ความต้องการ, ต้องการ gerek duymak, ihtiyaç cần, nhu cầu 需求, 需要
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009


n. necesidad;
a person in ___un-a necesitado-a;
vt. necesitar.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
Collins Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009


n necesidad f special needs necesidades especiales; vt necesitar, hacer(le) falta (a uno); You need iron..Necesita hierro..Le hace falta hierro.
English-Spanish/Spanish-English Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
But, imperceptibly, my need for alcohol took form and began to grow.
Will each bring the result of his labours into a common stock?--the individual husbandman, for example, producing for four, and labouring four times as long and as much as he need in the provision of food with which he supplies others as well as himself; or will he have nothing to do with others and not be at the trouble of producing for them, but provide for himself alone a fourth of the food in a fourth of the time, and in the remaining three-fourths of his time be employed in making a house or a coat or a pair of shoes, having no partnership with others, but supplying himself all his own wants?
My brethren, wherefore is there need of the lion in the spirit?
The need for money was greater than ever before, while money was harder to get.
The muslins only need mending and doing up to look as well as ever; you ought not to put them away torn and soiled, my child.
It is necessary to consider another point in examining the character of these principalities: that is, whether a prince has such power that, in case of need, he can support himself with his own resources, or whether he has always need of the assistance of others.
At the same time that he refused the colonel's demand he made up his mind that he must have recourse to artifice when leaving Orel, to induce the Italian officer to accept some money of which he was evidently in need. A further proof to Pierre of his own more settled outlook on practical matters was furnished by his decision with regard to his wife's debts and to the rebuilding of his houses in and near Moscow.
There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change.
And once the soul is set free, there is no need for painful aimless wanderings, no need for Mahomet to go to the Mountain, for resting in the centre of all things the universe will be our home and our share in the secrets of the World-Builder will be made known.
He himself might need support, for there was trouble ahead.
The people whom she interviewed either remembered their present need of soap, or reminded themselves that they would need it in the future; the notable point in the case being that lucky Rebecca accomplished, with almost no effort, results that poor little Emma Jane failed to attain by hard and conscientious labor.
He has no need of affectation--he is far too well satisfied with his own character; and his pride is too deep-seated to appear at all on the outside.