n. The lack of something that is necessary or important; urgent want; necessity.n. Specifically, want of the means of subsistence; destitution; poverty; indigence; distress; privation.n. Time of want; exigency; emergency: as, “a friend in need is a friend indeed.”n. That which is needful; something necessary to be done.n. A perilous extremity.n. Synonyms Necessity, Need (see necessity and exigency) emergency, strait, extremity, distress.n. Want, Indigence, etc. See poverty.To have necessity or need for; want; lack; require.Synonyms Ward, etc. See lack.To be wanted; be necessary: used impersonally.Needs; necessarily.