Antonyms for needing


Grammar : Verb
Spell : need
Phonetic Transcription : nid


Definition of needing

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.
  • verb want something
Example sentences :
  • Yet she wondered if the instinct were not dormant, needing but the suggestion.
  • Extract from : « Ester Ried Yet Speaking » by Isabella Alden
  • And all of us have like wonders hidden in our breasts, only needing circumstances to evoke them.
  • Extract from : « A Tale of Two Cities » by Charles Dickens
  • But what will you do when I am gone, and you yourself will be needing help?
  • Extract from : « Murder Point » by Coningsby Dawson
  • Here's Peter needing a box for his goods—and a pretty big one, too.
  • Extract from : « The House Under the Sea » by Sir Max Pemberton
  • "You will be needing a holiday, then," said she, with cool insolence.
  • Extract from : « St. Martin's Summer » by Rafael Sabatini
  • "Then get you both to rest, you will be needing it," she bade them.
  • Extract from : « St. Martin's Summer » by Rafael Sabatini
  • He had left his sword above-stairs, not deeming that he would be needing it at a wedding.
  • Extract from : « The Lion's Skin » by Rafael Sabatini
  • She treated the question as needing no reply; she sat there for real things.
  • Extract from : « The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2 » by Henry James
  • I went out in my shirt sleeves, without a thought of needing a coat.
  • Extract from : « A Gold Hunter's Experience » by Chalkley J. Hambleton
  • That is what I mean by woman's needing the suffrage for self-respect.
  • Extract from : « The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV » by Various

Synonyms for needing

Based on : Thesaurus.com - Gutenberg.org - Dictionary.com - Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019