Pronunciation: (nē'dē), [key]
—adj., need•i•er, need•i•est,
in a condition of need or want; poverty-stricken; impoverished; extremely poor; destitute.
(used with a pl. v.) needy persons collectively (usually prec. by the): Help the needy.
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