ne·ces·si·tate | \ni-ˈse-sə-ˌtāt \
necessitated; necessitating

Definition of necessitate 

transitive verb

1 : to make necessary : require Business was growing, which necessitated the hiring of additional employees.

2 : force, compel was necessitated to choose some other route

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necessitation \ni-ˌse-sə-ˈtā-shən \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for necessitate


bear, challenge, claim, demand, need, require, take, want, warrant


have, hold

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Examples of necessitate in a Sentence

New safety regulations necessitated adding a railing to the stairs. getting new shoes would necessitate another trip to the mall

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And a geographic move isn’t the only thing that can necessitate a change in inflection. Cari Romm, The Cut, "Linguists Explain Meghan Markle’s Apparent New British Accent," 10 July 2018 Silicon Valley analyst and writer Ben Thompson, who last year had argued that tech CEOs can't just refuse to work with Trump, says the zero-tolerance policy crosses a moral line that necessitates tech leaders to take action. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Trump Stokes Outrage in Silicon Valley—But It's Selective," 20 June 2018 During the safety investigation process following an emergency landing of a B-1B in Midland, Texas, an issue with ejection seat components was discovered that necessitated the stand-down. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Air Force Grounds B-1s Over Ejection Seat Issue," 8 June 2018 For many women, that will necessitate traveling out of state for their procedure. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside the Modern-Day Underground Railroad for Abortions," 31 May 2018 Courtney and other lawmakers also questioned whether the small business tax cut rose to the level of emergency business that necessitates a special session. Hillary Borrud,, "Oregon lawmakers move quickly to vote on Kate Brown's business tax cut," 21 May 2018 If the disasters and threats of violence that necessitated TPS in the first place have long passed, all those non-white people need to get out. Luke Darby, GQ, "The Trump Administration Is Forcing Out Thousands of Immigrants Against Its Own Ambassadors’ Warnings," 9 May 2018 There is evidence that when breeders select for white lions—a practice that almost always necessitates inbreeding—the animals will eventually start to show defects. National Geographic, "Rare White Lion Cub Seen in South Africa," 27 Mar. 2018 Both reiterated Giles' demotion was necessitated by an ERA hovering near 5, and a seemingly broken slider that is not receiving many swings and misses. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros demote reliever Ken Giles to Fresno," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of necessitate

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of necessitate

: to make (something) necessary


ne·ces·si·tate | \ni-ˈse-sə-ˌtāt \
necessitated; necessitating

Kids Definition of necessitate

: to make necessary : require New achievement tests necessitated a curriculum change.

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