Pronunciation Adverb

needs (not comparable)

  1. (dated) Of necessity; necessarily; indispensably; used with an auxiliary verb (often must), and equivalent to "of need".
    One must needs run when the devil drives.
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii], page 2 ↗, column Proſ.}} To haue no Schreene between this part he plaid, / And him he plaid it for, he needes will be / Abſolute Millaine,{{...}:
  1. plural form of need
  1. third-person singular form of need

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