Synonyms for (noun) need

need, motivation, motive

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

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

LESS SPECIFIC: psychological feature


need, want

anything that is necessary but lacking

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


need, demand

a condition requiring relief

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

LESS SPECIFIC: condition, status


indigence, need, pauperism, pauperization, penury

a state of extreme poverty or destitution

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

LESS SPECIFIC: poverty, poorness, impoverishment

Synonyms for (verb) need

want, need, require

have need of

This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner

LESS SPECIFIC: be