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Definitions of need:
  • noun:   anything that is necessary but lacking
    Example: "He had sufficient means to meet his simple needs"
  • noun:   a condition requiring relief
    Example: "She satisfied his need for affection"
  • noun:   a state of extreme poverty or destitution
    Example: "A general state of need exists among the homeless"
  • noun:   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
  • verb:   have or feel a need for
    Example: "Always needing friends and money"
  • verb:   have need of
  • verb:   require as useful, just, or proper

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