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

v. i.

  1. To be wanted; to be necessary.


  1. Of necessity. See Needs.