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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In fact, this tortuous trajectory necessitated gravity slingshots around Earth, Venus, Earth, and finally Earth again before moving toward the outer Solar System. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A congressman’s loss clouds the future of two demanding missions to Europa," 3 Dec. 2018 The odd move may be necessitated by New York state election law, which sharply defines how a candidate’s name can legally be erased from the ballot. David Klepper, The Seattle Times, "Collins’ exit prompts GOP scramble, ballot questions," 13 Aug. 2018 Yet the circumstances necessitated Butera's appearance. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals bullpen clobbered so thoroughly by Red Sox, Drew Butera pitches in loss," 7 July 2018 The size of south Fulton, though, necessitated a longer transition time while ambulances were purchased and people were hired. Arielle Kass, ajc, "Fulton County ambulance service may change earlier than expected," 9 June 2018 Also, travel often necessitates being sardine-style packed in with tons of other people, and some of them could be sick, possibly passing their illnesses on to you through the air. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Can Traveling Really Make Your Period Late?," 10 Aug. 2018 Picking a leather color on, say, a bag, necessitates a custom thread color too. Elizabeth Holmes, Glamour, "Why We're Obsessed with Customized Fashion," 3 Aug. 2018 But trekking to the highest court in the land necessitates a political alpinist, lest the nominee plunge into a Senate crevasse. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Republicans, Democrats look to use Kavanaugh nomination as weapon in midterm fight," 21 July 2018 Déraciné’s story necessitates a lot of backtracking, which gets especially tedious in VR. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Déraciné is a short, somber VR story from the creators of Dark Souls," 6 Nov. 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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