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The assistant said I needed him, but, to the best of my recollection, he kneaded me.

Perhaps it was some law of opposites, and she needed some one of lighter nature than her own.

Sparrow could have all the money he needed upon the following condition.

Henry moved forward to interfere once more, but this time he was not needed.

In that moment he needed desperately something to which he could appeal for comfort.

If an increase of power was needed to secure this, they would not fail to ask it.

A revolution indeed is needed; but a revolution in point of view.

Neither she nor Hester had trusted her: needed she trust them?

I stumbled on the case, and will do professionally all that is needed.

The athlete was not so far off that she needed to call very loud.

WORD 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.

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