Antonyms for needed


Grammar : Adj
Spell : nee-did
Phonetic Transcription : ˈni dɪd


Definition of needed

Origin :
  • Old English nied (West Saxon), ned (Mercian) "necessity, compulsion, duty; hardship, distress; errand, business," originally "violence, force," from Proto-Germanic *nauthis (cf. Old Saxon nod, Old Norse nauðr, Old Frisian ned, Middle Dutch, Dutch nood, Old High German not, German Not, Gothic nauþs "need"), probably cognate with Old Prussian nautin "need," and perhaps with Old Church Slavonic nazda, Russian nuzda, Polish nędza "misery, distress," from PIE *nau- "death, to be exhausted" (see narwhal).
  • The more common Old English word for "need, necessity, want" was ðearf, but they were connected via a notion of "trouble, pain," and the two formed a compound, niedðearf "need, necessity, compulsion, thing needed." Nied also might have been influenced by Old English neod "desire, longing," which often was spelled the same. Common in Old English compounds, e.g. niedfaru "compulsory journey," a euphemism for "death;" niedhæmed "rape," the second element being an Old English word meaning "sexual intercourse;" niedling "slave." Meaning "extreme poverty, destitution" is from c.1200.
  • adj wanted
Example sentences :
  • The assistant said I needed him, but, to the best of my recollection, he kneaded me.
  • Extract from : « Punchinello, Vol. 1. No. 20, August 13, 1870 » by Various
  • Perhaps it was some law of opposites, and she needed some one of lighter nature than her own.
  • Extract from : « Malbone » by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Sparrow could have all the money he needed upon the following condition.
  • Extract from : « Ancient Man » by Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • Henry moved forward to interfere once more, but this time he was not needed.
  • Extract from : « Way of the Lawless » by Max Brand
  • In that moment he needed desperately something to which he could appeal for comfort.
  • Extract from : « Way of the Lawless » by Max Brand
  • If an increase of power was needed to secure this, they would not fail to ask it.
  • Extract from : « The Grand Old Man » by Richard B. Cook
  • A revolution indeed is needed; but a revolution in point of view.
  • Extract from : « The Conquest of Fear » by Basil King
  • Neither she nor Hester had trusted her: needed she trust them?
  • Extract from : « Weighed and Wanting » by George MacDonald
  • I stumbled on the case, and will do professionally all that is needed.
  • Extract from : « Ester Ried Yet Speaking » by Isabella Alden
  • The athlete was not so far off that she needed to call very loud.
  • Extract from : « Weighed and Wanting » by George MacDonald

Synonyms for needed

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