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Requires denes to be damaged (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

needs

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'.

(Other definitions for needs that I've seen before include "Things that are wanted", "Requires or wants", "Demands", "'..... must when the devil drives'", "Lacks, requires", "Essentials", "Wants, requires", "Requires or lacks", "Requirements" and "Requires, is in want of".)

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