Deficit and Need


Deficit noun - A falling short of an essential or desirable amount or number.
Usage example: a growing deficit in the number of hours devoted to sleep

Need is a synonym for deficit in necessity topic. In some cases you can use "Need" instead a noun "Deficit".

Nearby Words: deficient, deficiency


Need noun - A state of being without something necessary, desirable, or useful.
Usage example: when it came time to wrap the presents, he found he was in need of adhesive tape

Deficit is a synonym for need. You can use "Deficit" instead a noun "Need".

Nearby Words: needed, needs, needy, needless, needful

How words are described

emotional emotional deficit emotional need
severe severe deficit severe need
large large deficit large need
extreme extreme deficit extreme need
Other adjectives: huge, different.

Both words in one sentence

  • Ultimately France's refusal, Germany's food deficit, and Germany's need for industrial workers resulted in them... cutting the dead weight... of all Undesirables unable to serve as slaves in German firms.
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