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necessaries pl (plural only)

  1. Necessary or indispensable items.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
      These exclamations continued till they were interrupted by the lady, who now proceeded to execute the commission given her by her brother, and gave orders for providing all necessaries for the child, appointing a very good room in the house for his nursery.
    • 1908, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
      Mechanically he returned home, gathered together a few small necessaries and special treasures he was fond of, and put them in a satchel; acting with slow deliberation, moving about the room like a sleep-walker; listening ever with parted lips.