Synonyms of need in English:


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See UK English definition of need

See Spanish definition of necesidad


1‘the house still needs a lot of work’

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’

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’

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


1‘there's no need to apologize’

necessity, obligation, requirement, call, demand
rare exigency

2‘the basic human needs of food and shelter’

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

3‘a family whose need was particularly pressing’

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

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

difficulty, trouble, distress
crisis, emergency, urgency, extremity, desperate straits, dire straits
rare exigency


    in need

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

    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