Old English nēodian (verb), nēod, nēd (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch nood and German Not 'danger'
A verb that can be used as a normal main verb or as a modal auxiliary verb. For this reason it is sometimes described as a ‘semi-modal’ verb.As a main verbIt is a transitive verb (one that requires an object):They needed clothes that would not get torn in a fight. As a modal auxiliary verbIt is followed by ‘to’ and the stem of a main verb:They needed to rest, they said, but showed no signs of doing so. In questions and negative statements the ‘to’ is omitted:Need I say more? He need not have worried.