What is need?

  • (verb): Have need of.
    Synonyms: want, require
    See also — Additional definitions below


A need is something that is necessary for organisms to live a healthy life. Needs are distinguished from wants because a deficiency would cause a clear negative outcome, such as dysfunction or death. Needs can be objective and physical, such as food, or they can be subjective and psychological, such as the need for self-esteem. On a social level, needs are sometimes controversial. Understanding needs and wants is an issue in the fields of politics, social science, and philosophy.

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Some articles on need:

Bison Concrete Armoured Lorry - Need
... An ideal solution for protecting the open space of an airfield was by tanks and armoured cars ... However, the British Army lacked heavy equipment, having abandoned much of it during the evacuation of Dunkirk ...
Nuclear Fuel Bank - Overview - Need
... Joseph Cirincione, the director of the nonproliferation program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says that an international fuel bank could start reforms at the international level ... "If we handle it properly, Iran might be the trigger for resolving this problem that troubles all nations relying on nuclear power ...
Need - Other Views
... The concept of intellectual need has been studied in education ... Marx famously defined humans as "creatures of need" or "needy creatures" who experienced suffering in the process of learning and working to meet their needs ... These needs were both physical needs as well as moral, emotional and intellectual needs ...

More definitions of "need":

  • (noun): A condition requiring relief.
    Example: "She satisfied his need for affection"; "God has no need of men to accomplish His work"
    Synonyms: demand
  • (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.
    Synonyms: motivation, motive
  • (verb): Have or feel a need for.
    Example: "Always needing friends and money"
  • (noun): Anything that is necessary but lacking.
    Synonyms: want