Synonyms of need in English:

need


See definition of need

verb

1‘the house still needs a lot of work’

SYNONYMS

require, be in need of, stand in need of, have need of, want, be in want of, be crying out for, be desperate for

demand, call for, necessitate, entail, involve

have occasion for, have occasion to

lack, be without, be short of, miss

2‘you needn't come if you don't want to’

SYNONYMS

have to, be under an obligation to, be obliged to, be compelled to, be under a compulsion to

archaic have need to

3‘she needed him so much that it seemed as if her entire heart and soul were crying out to him’

SYNONYMS

yearn for, pine for, long for, crave for, desire, miss


noun

1‘there's no need to apologize’

SYNONYMS

necessity, obligation, requirement, call, demand

rare exigency

2‘the basic human needs of food and shelter’

SYNONYMS

requirement, essential, necessity, want, requisite, prerequisite, wish, demand

desideratum

3‘a family whose need was particularly pressing’

SYNONYMS

neediness, want, poverty, deprivation, privation, hardship, penury, destitution, indigence, impecuniousness

4‘please don't abandon me in my hour of need’

SYNONYMS

difficulty, trouble, distress

crisis, emergency, urgency, extremity, desperate straits, dire straits

rare exigency


Phrases

    in need

      ‘the organization provides food and clothing to people in need’

      SYNONYMS

      needy, requiring help, deprived, disadvantaged, underprivileged, in want, poor, badly off, unable to make ends meet, in reduced circumstances, in straitened circumstances, unable to keep the wolf from the door, impoverished, poverty-stricken, destitute, penurious, impecunious, indigent

      British

      on the breadline

      rare

      necessitous