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[n] 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"
[n] anything that is necessary but lacking; "he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs"; "I tried to supply his wants"
[n] 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"
[n] a state of extreme poverty or destitution; "their indigence appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the homeless"
[v] have need of; "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"
[v] have or feel a need for; "always needing friends and money"
[v] be in want of
[v] require as useful, just, or proper; "It takes nerve to do what she did"; "success usually requires hard work"; "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"; "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"; "This intervention does not postulates a patient's consent"
[v] be obliged, required, or forced to; "She has to get her driver's license"
[v] be logically necessary

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eliminate, obviate, rid of