Need vs. Require

Need vs. Require — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Need and Require

Neednoun

A condition or situation in which something must be supplied in order for a certain condition to be maintained or a desired state to be achieved

crops in need of water.a child's need for affection.

Requireverb

To have as a requisite or necessity; need or depend on

Do you require assistance? Most plants require plenty of water.

Neednoun

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).

Requireverb

To stipulate as obligatory by authority

The law requires full disclosure of charitable donations.

Neednoun

Necessity; obligation

There is no need for you to go.

Requireverb

To demand as obligatory or appropriate

Skiing requires practice.

Neednoun

A condition of poverty or misfortune

The family is in dire need.

Requireverb

To impose an obligation on; compel

The school requires all students to study mathematics.

Needverb

To be under the necessity of or the obligation to

They need not come. You needn't be concerned.

Requireverb

(obsolete) To ask (someone) for something; to request.

Needverb

To have need of; require

The family needs money. We need to get some more paint.

Requireverb

To demand, to insist upon (having); to call for authoritatively.

Needverb

To have an obligation (to do something)

You need to clean up your room.

Requireverb

Naturally to demand (something) as indispensable; to need, to call for as necessary.

Needverb

To be subject (to an action) by obligation

Bags need to be stowed underneath the seat in front of you.

Requireverb

To demand of (someone) to do something.

Needverb

To want to be subject to

We don't need another lecture on the subject.

Requireverb

require as useful, just, or proper;

It takes nerve to do what she didsuccess usually requires hard workThis job asks a lot of patience and skillThis position demands a lot of personal sacrificeThis dinner calls for a spectacular dessertThis intervention does not postulates a patient's consent

Needverb

To be in need or want.

Requireverb

consider obligatory; request and expect;

We require our secretary to be on timeAren't we asking too much of these children?I expect my students to arrive in time for their lessons

Needverb

To be necessary.

Requireverb

make someone do something

Neednoun

A requirement for something; something needed.

There's no need to speculate; we can easily find out for sure.She grew irritated with his constant need for attention.Our needs are not being met.I've always tried to have few needs beyond food, clothing and shelter.

Requireverb

have need of;

This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner

Neednoun

Lack of means of subsistence; poverty; indigence; destitution.

Needverb

(transitive) To have an absolute requirement for.

Living things need water to survive.

Needverb

(transitive) To want strongly; to feel that one must have something.

After ten days of hiking, I needed a shower and a shave.

Needverb

(modal verb) To be obliged or required (to do something).

You need not go if you don't want to.

Needverb

(intransitive) To be required; to be necessary.

Needverb

To be necessary (to someone).

Neednoun

a condition requiring relief;

she satisfied his need for affectionGod has no need of men to accomplish His workthere is a demand for jobs

Neednoun

anything that is necessary but lacking;

he had sufficient means to meet his simple needsI tried to supply his wants

Neednoun

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 motivationhe acted with the best of motives

Neednoun

a state of extreme poverty or destitution;

their indigence appalled hima general state of need exists among the homeless

Needverb

require as useful, just, or proper;

It takes nerve to do what she didsuccess usually requires hard workThis job asks a lot of patience and skillThis position demands a lot of personal sacrificeThis dinner calls for a spectacular dessertThis intervention does not postulates a patient's consent

Needverb

have need of;

This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner

Needverb

have or feel a need for;

always needing friends and money