verb re·quire \ri-ˈkwī(-ə)r\

: to need (something)

: to make it necessary for someone to do something


Full Definition of REQUIRE

transitive verb
a :  to claim or ask for by right and authority
b archaic :  request
a :  to call for as suitable or appropriate <the occasion requires formal dress>
b :  to demand as necessary or essential :  have a compelling need for <all living beings require food>
:  to impose a compulsion or command on :  compel
chiefly British :  to feel or be obliged —used with a following infinitive <one does not require to be a specialist — Elizabeth Bowen>
intransitive verb
archaic :  ask

Examples of REQUIRE

  1. <the toy requires four batteries, which are not included>

Origin of REQUIRE

Middle English requeren, from Anglo-French requere, from Vulgar Latin *requaerere to seek for, need, require, alteration of Latin requirere, from re- + quaerere to seek, ask
First Known Use: 14th century

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