I. noun Etymology: Middle English ned, from Old English nīed, nēd; akin to Old High German nōt distress, need, Old Prussian nautin need Date: before 12th century 1. necessary duty ; obligation 2. a. a lack of something requisite, desirable, or useful b. a physiological or psychological requirement for the well-being of an organism 3. a condition requiring supply or relief 4. lack of the means of subsistence ; poverty II. verb (needed; needing; needs or (auxiliary) need) Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to be needful or necessary 2. to be in want transitive verb to be in need of ; require verbal auxiliary be under necessity or obligation to <
you need not answer
she need only wait

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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