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Requires denes to be damaged (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

needs

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Here is my best explanation:

'requires' is the definition.
('need' can be a synonym of 'require')

'denes to be damaged' is the subsidiary indication.
'to be damaged' indicates anagramming the letters.
'denes' is an anagram of 'needs'.

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This clue was last seen in Mirror

(Other definitions for needs that I've seen before include "Essentials", "Misses", "necessity once", "Is in want of", "Things that are wanted", "Necessitates", "Requires or wants", "Is desperate for", "Wants, requires" and "shopping-list, say".)

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