Synonyms for (noun) need

Synonyms: need, motivation, motive

Definition: 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

Usage: we did not understand his motivation; he acted with the best of motives

Similar words: psychological feature

Definition: a feature of the mental life of a living organism


Synonyms: need, want

Definition: anything that is necessary but lacking

Usage: he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs; I tried to supply his wants

Similar words: necessary, necessity, essential, requirement, requisite

Definition: anything indispensable

Usage: food and shelter are necessities of life; the essentials of the good life; allow farmers to buy their requirements under favorable conditions; a place where the requisites of water fuel and fodder can be obtained


Synonyms: need, demand

Definition: a condition requiring relief

Usage: she satisfied his need for affection; God has no need of men to accomplish His work; there is a demand for jobs

Similar words: condition, status

Definition: a state at a particular time

Usage: a condition (or state) of disrepair; the current status of the arms negotiations


Synonyms: indigence, need, pauperism, pauperization, penury

Definition: a state of extreme poverty or destitution

Usage: their indigence appalled him; a general state of need exists among the homeless

Similar words: poverty, poorness, impoverishment

Definition: the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions

Synonyms for (verb) need

Synonyms: want, need, require

Definition: have need of

Usage: This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner

Similar words: be

Definition: have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

Usage: John is rich; This is not a good answer