1 indispensable, essential, required, needed, compulsory, requisite, vital, demanded, imperative, obligatory, needful, of the essence, important, of the utmost importance, top-priority, high-priority, urgent, exigent, compelling, life-and-death or life-or-death:
A good diet is necessary for good health. It is necessary that you come at once. Take the necessary steps to get the job done
2 inevitable, unavoidable, inescapable, ineluctable:
In the circumstances, we find it necessary to ask for your resignation.
3 sure, certain, predetermined, predestined, fated, inexorable; resulting, resultant:
The necessary outcome of the affair was that the child was returned to her natural parents.
1 requirement, essential, necessary, requisite, need, prerequisite, basic, fundamental, sine qua non, desideratum, constraint:
I was marooned for a year with only the bare necessities of life. We regard honesty as a necessity in a bank manager
2 indispensability, unavoidability, needfulness, inexorability:
The necessity for exercise is often met by private health clubs.
3 poverty, want, indigence, need, destitution, penury, straits, difficulty, difficulties, pauperism, neediness:
The extreme necessity of the unemployed demands that the government act quickly
4 urgency, emergency, crisis, misfortune, exigency, pinch, extreme, matter of life and death:
She has made a virtue of necessity. Electric power is no longer a matter of choice but of necessity.
be, prove, seem | become | remain | make sth
The cold weather has made it necessary to protect the crops.
| consider sth, feel sth, find sth, regard sth as, see sth as, think sth
Make any alterations you consider necessary. You may find it necessary to readjust the wheels from time to time.
I was determined not to stay in hospital for any longer than was strictly necessary.
| absolutely | causally, logically
qualifications which are necessary for work with the under-fives
These measures will be enforced, if necessary, by the army.
| as/when/where necessary
We are here to give help and support when necessary.
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