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Need in a Sentence

Examples of need in a sentence

Need is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!

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Below you will find the definition of need, followed by 41 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(noun) - a condition requiring relief

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EXAMPLES - Need in a Sentence

  1. Therefore, the term need not be narrowly construed. (source)
  2. In science, however, a term need only designate, not stir our souls. (source)
  3. This was part of what he called the need for "information sovereignty". (source)
  4. Benefits in the long term need to be an extremely unattractive proposition. (source)
  5. All the label need to do before album 2.0 is give her some more vocal training! (source)
  6. What they have here is optimism, what they need is Americans to start spending again. (source)
  7. Benefits in the short term need to be rapidly available, in cash, with little oversight. (source)
  8. Helen Baker must leave college, because they need her _at home_, -- just think, _need her_! (source)
  9. "As they continue to industrialize, they're going to have a long-term need for commodities." (source)
  10. More than 3 million Americans have long-term need for help in daily tasks because of brain injury. (source)
  11. No need to realize that if you have some good solid cooking skills, you don't *need* her ridiculous show. (source)
  12. Instead, speakers talked about what they characterized as the need for a stable energy system as energy demand grows. (source)
  13. That's the kind of package that takes care of our short-term need, as well makes -- takes care of some long-term needs. (source)
  14. However, if the regular use of a hot iron will not harm the product, the label need not mention any ironing temperature. (source)
  15. Naledi said it would employ new staff on merit, while recognising what it called a need for affirmative action and training. (source)
  16. However, if the regular use of a high temperature will not harm the product, the label need not mention any drying temperature. (source)
  17. McCain's people are telling their supporters to do the exact opposite of that - phone calls need to be resolved and lies need to be made! (source)
  18. Until we slam the door, this problem will not go away --- hence the long-term need to separate the Mississippi River and Great Lakes basins. (source)
  19. And there is even a chance China's longer-term need to improve the quality of its environment may see it reduce the use of "dirty" coal for energy. (source)
  20. However, as president we need a leader who can bring people together and get things done for the good of all Americans, that is why we * need* Obama. (source)
  21. "This effort supports both the short-term need for food security and the long-term need for ecological restoration and economic growth," said Budiansky. (source)
  22. And the middle ground, I think, is what President Obama is doing and that is reducing what he calls the need for - what I call the number of - abortions. (source)
  23. So, with all due recognition of the immediate need to encourage spending, let us not forget the long-term need for a return to a pattern of higher savings. (source)
  24. Since this label need to be accessed from all the pages in the application, I thought writing a function inside a class which takes a string as paramater will be good. (source)
  25. The most important long-term need facing Sudan is the creation of a political space in which Sudanese can resolve the country's issues without the use of extreme violence. (source)
  26. So there's a balance involved in most online outreach, between the short-term need to get people to take a single concrete act and the long-term need to expand the support base. (source)
  27. USPS, convinced of the long-term need for physical mail delivery, has been relying on increases in volume, according to a Government Accountability Office report published in April. (source)
  28. An officer with such a title need not always exist; rather, the existence of the post is dependent on the form of Cabinet organisation preferred by the Prime Minister and his or her party. (source)
  29. The term need not be taken to imply more than affectionate regard for a younger man, who had long ago sat at Peter's feet in Jerusalem, and whose mother had been the Apostle's friend (Acts, xii, 12). (source)
  30. "These are tough times, but if there's a necessary project -- what I call a need-to-have versus a nice-to-have -- I'm going to make all the justification in the world and then we're going to do it," he said. (source)
  31. If I could be sure that all parents who opt their kids out of the courses would teach them what they need to know -- not what the parents want them to know, but *need* to know, then I wouldn't have said what I said. (source)
  32. At the same time, Kim Yong-nam emphasized what he calls the need "to put an end to the hostile relations" between his country and the United States, and to develop "neighborly and friendly relations with other countries." (source)
  33. Combining major drug companies doesn't solve the industry's short-term need for new drugs, but it would allow the industry to slash research-and-development spending, which accounts for nearly 20% of sales at many companies. (source)
  34. And you said, quote, "President Obama faces a classic diplomatic challenge in South Asia -- how to balance a short-term need for progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan without losing sight of our equally important long-term ambitions with India." (source)
  35. Reports, it may be worth while to notice that he never but once in his life advertised the public of any need, and that was the _need of more orphans_ -- more to care for in the name of the Lord -- a single and singular ease of advertising, by which he sought not to increase his (source)
  36. We're concerned about how it will affect our lives (sleep, I need it to be a happy person -- no, really I * need* it; we would hate to go back to the financial place where we have to count every penny; we don't live near family; neither of us have much experience with babies; etc.) (source)
  37. Some of the other speakers that you are going to hear from in this particular hearing Georgia Senator Max Cleland, who will talk about increased security, what he calls the need for increased security, at the CDC, where there's a stockpiling of many diseases, obviously for research purposes. (source)
  38. Mr. Obama said Ms. Kagan understood the law "not as an intellectual exercise or words on a page, but as it affects the lives of ordinary people" and highlighted a theme Democrats hope will animate the confirmation hearings: what they describe as the need to check the dominance of powerful interests. (source)
  39. This bit refers to Laurie Pryor, grand fromage of Dojo Records (part of Castle Communications ...) ... the label need not lose big-league levels of sleep about their sales figures: as Pryor happily testifies, seemingly paltry statistics can still lead to the glorious sound of cheque fluttering on to doormat. (source)
  40. But it's not the sex or the kid who has a baby at 17 or the fact that people who need to can get divorced, it's that you don't *need* a reason to get divorced anymore, and the sex outside of marriage is *expected* and that it's not about helping someone through a bad time it's about redefining the "bad time" as something good. (source)
  41. Even as capitalistic competition produces the high anxiety society that chronic fear and anxiety that has helped creationism avoid collapse in the short term, the long term need of capital is to transform the population from pious traditionalists into hedonistic, materialistic, sex and violence obsessed consumers that spend their Sundays shopping and going to the game rather than in honoring the Sabbath. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 54.0, which suggests that "need" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.


We have 23 synonyms for need.

charge, commitment, committal, compulsion, demand, desideratum, devoir, duty, essential, exigency, extremity, longing, must, obligation, occasion, ought, requisite, right, the urge, urgency, use, weakness, wish


We have 8 antonyms for need.

comfort, fortune, have, luxury, nonessential, plenty, riches, wealth


Pronunciation: (nēd)

Syllabification: ['need']


View up to 25 definitions of need from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (noun) A condition or situation in which something is required or wanted: crops in need of water; a need for affection.
  2. (noun) Something required or wanted; a requisite: "Those of us who led the charge for these women's issues ... shared a common vision in the needs of women” ( Olympia Snowe).
  3. (noun) Necessity; obligation: There is no need for you to go.
  4. (noun) A condition of poverty or misfortune: The family is in dire need.
  5. (auxiliary-verb) To be under the necessity of or the obligation to: They need not come.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (noun) A requirement for something.
  2. (noun) Something required.
  3. (verb) To be necessary (to someone).
  4. (verb) To have an absolute requirement for.
  5. (verb) To want strongly; to feel that one must have something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (noun) A state that requires supply or relief; pressing occasion for something; necessity; urgent want.
  2. (noun) Want of the means of subsistence; poverty; indigence; destitution.
  3. (noun) That which is needful; anything necessary to be done; (pl.) necessary things; business.
  4. (noun) Situation of need; peril; danger.
  5. (verb-transitive) To be in want of; to have cause or occasion for; to lack; to require, as supply or relief.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (noun) The lack of something that is necessary or important; urgent want; necessity.
  2. (noun) Specifically, want of the means of subsistence; destitution; poverty; indigence; distress; privation.
  3. (noun) Time of want; exigency; emergency: as, “a friend in need is a friend indeed.”
  4. (noun) That which is needful; something necessary to be done.
  5. (noun) A perilous extremity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (noun) a condition requiring relief
  2. (noun) anything that is necessary but lacking
  3. (noun) a state of extreme poverty or destitution
  4. (verb) have need of
  5. (verb) require as useful, just, or proper