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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Emergency vehicle drivers face greater traffic in the city, more soundproofed cars and drivers who sometimes wear earbuds while driving, which often necessitate more siren use. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "New York City Council Members Want to Dial Down Sirens," 13 Feb. 2019 Twin Rivers Assistant Superintendent Bill McGuire said that vandalism inside the pool's PVC lining, which necessitated 4 feet of water to be drained for repairs Wednesday. Claire Morgan, sacbee, "Slight in Del Paso Heights? Grant’s pool closed for summer, and residents aren’t happy," 29 June 2018 The adult male, who has not been identified by authorities, was driving recklessly through private property, which necessitated the initial report, the Sheriff's Office said. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "Knife-wielding man fatally shot by Elmore County deputies | Idaho Statesman," 25 May 2018 American forces were looking to stage a strike on the British stronghold of Detroit, which would necessitate travel through Delaware Indian territory. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Why the Very First Treaty Between the United States and a Native People Still Resonates Today," 25 May 2018 But sooner or later, the rebuilding plan will necessitate some bold strokes. Rustin Dodd, kansascity, "18 KC Royals predictions for 2018, Eric Hosmer, wins, losses | The Kansas City Star," 17 Jan. 2018 Fieldwork Testing whether this explains matters necessitates running top-down and bottom-up studies in parallel. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "How leaky is natural gas production? One puzzle solved," 2 Nov. 2018 The creation of a Space Force as a co-equal service branch, as Trump proposed, necessitates juggling and combining these various agencies, which would likely lead to confusion and rivalry due to differing organizational cultures and allegiances. Bryan Nakayama, Fortune, "3 Reasons Trump’s New Space Force Would Be a Disaster," 21 June 2018 Like any industry shift, that necessitates disrupting strongholds that currently control the trade. Rick Paulas, Longreads, "Sex Workers vs. The Internet," 15 June 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

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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