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We found 46 dictionaries with English definitions that include the word need:
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General dictionaries General (34 matching dictionaries)
  1. need: Merriam-Webster.com [home, info]
  2. need, need: Oxford Learner's Dictionaries [home, info]
  3. need: American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language [home, info]
  4. need: Collins English Dictionary [home, info]
  5. need: Vocabulary.com [home, info]
  6. need: Macmillan Dictionary [home, info]
  7. Need, need, need, need, need: Wordnik [home, info]
  8. need: Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary [home, info]
  9. need: Wiktionary [home, info]
  10. need: Webster's New World College Dictionary, 4th Ed. [home, info]
  11. need: The Wordsmyth English Dictionary-Thesaurus [home, info]
  12. need: Infoplease Dictionary [home, info]
  13. Need, need: Dictionary.com [home, info]
  14. need (n.): Online Etymology Dictionary [home, info]
  15. need: UltraLingua English Dictionary [home, info]
  16. need: Cambridge Dictionary of American English [home, info]
  17. need, need: Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms [home, info]
  18. Need (novel series), Need, The Need: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia [home, info]
  19. Need: Online Plain Text English Dictionary [home, info]
  20. need: Webster's Revised Unabridged, 1913 Edition [home, info]
  21. need: Rhymezone [home, info]
  22. need: AllWords.com Multi-Lingual Dictionary [home, info]
  23. need: Webster's 1828 Dictionary [home, info]
  24. NEED: Stammtisch Beau Fleuve Acronyms [home, info]
  25. need: All About Homonyms [home, info]
  26. need: Free Dictionary [home, info]
  27. need: Mnemonic Dictionary [home, info]
  28. need: WordNet 1.7 Vocabulary Helper [home, info]
  29. need: LookWAYup Translating Dictionary/Thesaurus [home, info]
  30. need: Dictionary/thesaurus [home, info]
  31. need: Wikimedia Commons US English Pronunciations [home, info]
  32. need: Macmillan Dictionary [home, info]

Business dictionaries Business (3 matching dictionaries)
  1. Need: FACS Journalist's Guide to Economic Terms [home, info]
  2. need: Legal dictionary [home, info]
  3. need: BusinessDictionary.com [home, info]

Computing dictionaries Computing (2 matching dictionaries)
  1. Need: Cybernetics and Systems [home, info]
  2. need: Encyclopedia [home, info]

Medicine dictionaries Medicine (2 matching dictionaries)
  1. need: online medical dictionary [home, info]
  2. need: Medical dictionary [home, info]

Miscellaneous dictionaries Miscellaneous (4 matching dictionaries)
  1. Need: Brilliant Dream Dictionary [home, info]
  2. NEED: Acronym Finder [home, info]
  3. NEED: AbbreviationZ [home, info]
  4. need: Idioms [home, info]

Slang dictionaries Slang (1 matching dictionary)
  1. need: Urban Dictionary [home, info]

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Quick definitions from WordNet (need)

noun:  anything that is necessary but lacking ("He had sufficient means to meet his simple needs")
noun:  a condition requiring relief ("She satisfied his need for affection")
noun:  a state of extreme poverty or destitution ("A general state of need exists among the homeless")
noun:  the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior
verb:  have or feel a need for ("Always needing friends and money")
verb:  have need of
verb:  require as useful, just, or proper

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Phrases that include need:   call by need, certificate of need, need like a hole in the head, a friend in need, fill a need gap void vacuum, more...

Words similar to need:   indigence, penury, require, want, ask, demand, have, involve, lack, motivation, motive, must, necessitate, needed, needing, ought, pauperism, should, take, call for, more...

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