need collocations

need collocations


illustrate need

The theft of the Rembrandt last weekend clearly illustrates the need for better security measures at the Palace.

eliminate need

The main advantage of credit cards is that they eliminate the need to carry cash around.

stress need

The director stressed the need for co-operation between workers and management if the company was to get out of its current difficulties.

meet need

More nurseries will have to be built to meet the need for high-quality child care.

recognize need

The government says that it recognizes the need for immediate legislation to combat racism in the workplace.

feel need

I know you’re getting out of hospital today, but you’re welcome to come back and talk any time – if ever you feel the need.

urgent need

United Nations officials say that the most urgent need is for earth-moving equipment.

constant need

My father’s illness is long-term, so he’s in constant need of treatment.

growing need

Student numbers are increasing year by year, so there’s a growing need for cheap rented accommodation around the university.

desperate need

As winter approaches the refugees are in desperate need of warmth, food and shelter.

clear need

There’s a clear need for more help for old people living at home on their own.

pressing need

When the second GulfWar ended, there was a pressing need for clean water, medical supplies and stable government.


Our organization tries to help those most in need of psychiatric help.

I’m going outside. I’m in need of some fresh air.

There’s no need for all this shouting. Can’t we discuss this quietly?

I think we’re all in need of a break.


special need

My wife teaches children with special needs. Many of them have serve learning difficulties.

basic need

A family in Eritrea doesn’t need much money to survive. About 10$ a week is enough to cover all their basic needs.

future need

The government is investing on training so that the country will be able to meet the future needs of industry.

energy need

Without an increase in the number of nuclear power station. I don’t see how our existing system is going to meet the energy needs of this country in ten years’ time.

individual need

Our fitness trainers put together a personal programme to suit your individual needs.

emotional need

Good parents are sensitive both to the physical and emotional needs of their children.



  • A ‘crying’ need is very urgent:

There’s a crying need for more doctor.

  • Note this expression which means ‘if necessary’:

I’ll stay up all night if need be.

  • Note these common expressions:

She’d badly in need of some new clothes.

The school roof is in dire need of repair.

  • Note this verb collocation:

We will contract you again if need arises.


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