necessitate

verb
ne·​ces·​si·​tate | \ ni-ˈse-sə-ˌtāt How to pronounce necessitate (audio) \
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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Other Words from necessitate

necessitation \ ni-​ˌse-​sə-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce necessitation (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for necessitate

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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Railgun HVPs would travel at a speed of up to Mach 7, necessitating special projectiles to withstand the rigors of hypersonic flight. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Quietly Tested Mach 3 Heavy Gun Shells That Could Revolutionize Surface Warfare," 8 Jan. 2019 Those homes come with significantly heftier price tags, sometimes necessitating additional gap financing. Susie Cagle, Curbed, "California’s changing fire country," 10 Oct. 2018 In rare cases, the infection can spread from the intestines to other parts of the body, necessitating a course of antibiotics. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Recognize Salmonella Symptoms If You've Eaten Contaminated Products," 24 July 2018 Davis' collapse at the plate necessitated over a week off to try to break his bad habits. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "How did this happen? Orioles players examine why this season spun out of control," 24 June 2018 He will now be replaced in the squad, with nations allowed to make changes necessitated by injury until 24 hours before the World Cup begins next week. SI.com, "West Ham Maestro Cruelly Ruled Out of World Cup After Rupturing Cruciate Knee Ligament," 8 June 2018 Typical launches would only be tended by the Go Searcher, but the additional staff on board necessitated a second ship, NASA officials say. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How It Works: SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashdown and Recovery," 8 Mar. 2019 Toxins in the parts below the dirt can cause vomiting with or without blood and potentially low blood pressure — necessitating a trip to the vet. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "5 Holiday Plants That Are Way More Toxic Than Poinsettias to Cats and Dogs," 14 Dec. 2018 Israel maintains many of those killed were Hamas militants and says its security concerns necessitate its blockade of Gaza. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Israel Eases Restrictions on Gaza’s Only Commercial Crossing," 24 July 2018

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First Known Use of necessitate

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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necessitate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of necessitate

formal : to make (something) necessary

necessitate

verb
ne·​ces·​si·​tate | \ ni-ˈse-sə-ˌtāt How to pronounce necessitate (audio) \
necessitated; necessitating

Kids Definition of necessitate

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

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