necessitate

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verb ne·ces·si·tate \ ni-ˈse-sə-ˌtāt \

Definition of necessitate

necessitated; necessitating
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

necessitation

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Examples of necessitate in a Sentence

  1. New safety regulations necessitated adding a railing to the stairs.

  2. getting new shoes would necessitate another trip to the mall

Recent Examples of necessitate from the Web

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First Known Use of necessitate

1625

necessitate Synonyms

Synonyms
bear, challenge, claim, demand, need, require, take, want, warrant
Antonyms
have, hold
Related Words
entail, involve; ask, beg, claim, clamor (for), cry (for); hurt (for), lack; command, enjoin, exact, insist, press, quest, stipulate
Near Antonyms
own, possess

NECESSITATE Defined for English Language Learners

necessitate

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Definition of necessitate for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) necessary


NECESSITATE Defined for Kids

necessitate

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verb ne·ces·si·tate \ ni-ˈse-sə-ˌtāt \

Definition of necessitate for Students

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


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