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    what is the differen btween want and need

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    Re: meaing

    Technically speaking, "want" refers to something a person desires, something they really wish they could have/own.
    "I really want a pair of designer shoes."

    "Need" means something that is a requirement or a necessity in order to achieve a goal or maintain a standard.
    "I need three more credits in order to get my college degree."

    Some people don't distinguish between the literal difference of "want" and "need" and will say things like "I really need a Vera Wang wedding dress!" They don't need it, they simply want it, but the desire is so strong they feel as if they need it.

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