need

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need is part of the Basic English 850.
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need is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
need

Pronunciation[change]

Homophones[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
need

Third-person singular
needs

Past tense
needed

Past participle
needed

Present participle
needing

  1. If you need something, you want it and must have it.
    Everyone needs food and water.
  2. If you need to do something, it is very important that you do it.
    Sir, you need to leave now.

Modal verb[change]

Simple present
need

Simple past
needed

Negative
needn't

  1. If you need do something, you have to do it.
    Need you do that all the time?
    You needn't keep telling me. I heard you the first time.

Noun[change]

Singular
need

Plural
needs

  1. (countable) If you have a need for something, you must have it; something necessary or required.
    I've always tried to have few needs beyond food, clothing and shelter.