Need and Surplus


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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

Surplus is an antonym for need in do not topic.
Nearby Words: needed, needs, needy, needless, needful
Antonyms for Need


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Surplus noun – The state or an instance of going beyond what is usual, proper, or needed.
Need is an antonym for surplus in topics: deficit, extra material.
Nearby Word: surplusage
Antonyms for Surplus
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constant constant need constant surplus
large large need large surplus
huge huge need huge surplus

Both words in one sentence

  • But apparently war-surplus jumpsuits and oxygen masks are all you need to walk around on the surface.
  • Their need to be rid of surplus equipment once the War is over leads to this cropping up in Eastern Europe and southern China as well.
  • Series / Human Target Fiction 500: Ilsa Pucci, among other things, buys up surplus military hardware without batting an eye; in an early appearance, she casually asks if the team will need a tank.
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Surplus or Need. 2016. Accessed April 12, 2021.

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