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a situation in which something is necessary, especially something that is not happening yet or is not yet available
Managers should explain the need for change.
for more nurses.
for new housing in many rural areas.
a need to do something
We fully recognize the need to improve communications.
stress/emphasize/underline etc the need (for something)
She stressed the need for regular meetings.
Training courses are held in London
as the need arises
whenever it is necessary
I'll work all night
if need be
if it is necessary
a strong feeling that you want something, want to do something, or that you must have something
the need for job satisfaction
feel the need (to do something)
Jack did not feel the need to boast about his success.
You're welcome to come back and talk any time, if ever you feel the need.
countable usually plural
what someone needs to have in order to live a normal healthy comfortable life
She works to provide for her family's
Environmentalists argue that the organization fails to address the needs of third world farmers.
meet/satisfy a need
provide something that people want or need
The charity exists to meet the needs of elderly people.
Schools must satisfy the needs of their pupils.
We have loans to meet your
there's no need (for somebody) to do something
used to say that someone does not have to do something
There's no need for you to come if you don't want to.
There's no need to feel sorry for him.
used to tell someone to stop doing something
There's no need to shout!
be in need of something
to need help, advice, money etc, because you are in a difficult situation
This project is
in urgent need of
He is homeless and
in desperate need of
to need to be cleaned, repaired, or given attention in some way
The church was
have no need of something
to not need something
She believes him and has no need of further proof.
when you do not have enough food or money
cases of severe need in the inner cities
We must care for those in need.
in your hour of need
when you are in trouble and need someone to help you
How could she abandon her father now, in his hour of need?
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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