Pronunciation: (nēd),[key] —n. 1. a requirement, necessary duty, or obligation: There is no need for you to go there. 2. a lack of something wanted or deemed necessary: to fulfill the needs of the assignment. 3. urgent want, as of something requisite: He has no need of your charity. 4. necessity arising from the circumstances of a situation or case: There is no need to worry. 5. a situation or time of difficulty; exigency: to help a friend in need; to be a friend in need. 6. a condition marked by the lack of something requisite: the need for leadership. 7. destitution; extreme poverty: The family's need is acute. 8. if need be, should the necessity arise: If need be, I can type the letters myself.
—v.t. to have need of; require: to need money.
—v.i. 1. to be under an obligation (used as an auxiliary, typically in an interrogative or in a negative statement, and fol. by infinitive, in certain cases without to; in the 3d pers. sing. the form is need, not needs): He need not go. 2. to be in need or want.
3. to be necessary: There needs no apology.