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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necessitation \ ni-​ˌse-​sə-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce necessitation (audio) \ 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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The combination of July heat and humidity is expected to be awful enough to necessitate a heat advisory for parts of Alabama today. Leigh Morgan,, "Another hot one coming: Heat advisories issued for part of Alabama," 9 July 2019 Black Shark 2 is built for gaming, and while that doesn’t have to necessitate garish looks, this phone is full of divisive hardware details. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "The Black Shark 2’s pressure-sensitive screen makes mobile gaming better," 15 June 2019 And then, the Blues went on to get blown out by the Bruins 5-1 to necessitate a decisive Game 7. Chuck Schilken,, "St. Louis Blues owner’s letter celebrating Stanley Cup win is published a tad early," 10 June 2019 Significant tears can necessitate stitches after birth, or, in some cases, surgery to repair the damage. Kristi Kellogg, Glamour, "Your Vagina After Birth: 10 Things to Expect," 29 Apr. 2019 Because at some point their hustle will demand forsaking an enlightened business model, will necessitate treating another human as other than human, will present them with moral tests. Mitchell S. Jackson, Harper's magazine, "Opportunity Cost," 10 Feb. 2019 The guards are currently paid between $11 to $13 per hour, according to SEIU, necessitating many of them to work second jobs to earn a decent living. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Lots of noise, little participation in Detroit security guard strike," 13 June 2019 The pact went into place last year as the village spoke of having trouble finding people willing to serve as crossing guards, necessitating occasionally using public safety officers in that role. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Glencoe District 35 expects salaries and benefits to rise; state aid to increase," 11 June 2019 For instance, a diagnosis of GAD requires at least six months of symptoms, the NIMH says, and a diagnosis of panic disorder necessitates repeated panic attacks, not only one. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "This Is the Difference Between Feeling Anxious and Having an Anxiety Disorder," 16 May 2019

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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

formal : to make (something) necessary


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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