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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Pushing back the season opener would necessitate San Diego State delaying the start to fall practice, which is scheduled to begin Friday. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs expecting Mountain West to announce 10-game football schedule," 5 Aug. 2020 The technology could alter internal controls and accountability—or necessitate new procedures—surrounding the reconciliation of transitions, vendor and supplier approvals, reporting on third-party service providers, and electronic audit trails. Jack Hagel, WSJ, "Companies Should Bolster Blockchain Controls, Risk Advisory Group Says," 5 Aug. 2020 Results in those ranges likely would necessitate midyear cuts unless the federal government provides more aid to states. David Jacobs, Washington Examiner, "Louisiana governor uses veto to free up $57M to give state workers raises," 9 July 2020 Most adults need to sleep at least seven hours each night, but many don't realize that other unique health factors may necessitate longer sleep patterns in their case. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Why Am I Always Tired? Experts Explain Why You Feel Constantly Exhausted," 27 May 2020 Having those opening weeks open allows for more flexibility if COVID-19 flare-ups necessitate pausing the schedule or moving games. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith on college football 2020: ‘I am concerned we may not be able to play'," 9 July 2020 The transit agency said this summer’s project will necessitate round-the-clock construction for the four-week period. oregonlive, "Steel Bridge will close for 4 weeks for MAX construction project, blocking buses, trains, car traffic," 8 July 2020 The type of buildup that would necessitate laundry stripping is generally caused by subpar laundry practices. Jolie Kerr, CNN Underscored, "What is laundry stripping, TikTok’s new favorite way to clean?," 7 July 2020 More than 1,000 new cases reported each day would necessitate 4,000 or more interviews to be conducted daily. Vivian Jones, Washington Examiner, "McMaster will not lift more COVID-19 restrictions until cases are under control," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of necessitate

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Aug 2020

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“Necessitate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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