Definition of needs adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//niːdz//
; NAmE NAmE//niːdz//
(old use)
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  • in a way that cannot be avoided We must needs depart.
  • Word OriginOld English nēdes (from need + -s).Idioms
    needs must (when the Devil drives)
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    (saying) in certain situations it is necessary for you to do something that you do not like or enjoy
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: needs