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

transitive verb

: to make necessary : require
Business was growing, which necessitated the hiring of additional employees.
: force, compel
was necessitated to choose some other route
necessitation noun

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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Word History

First Known Use

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of necessitate was in 1625

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“Necessitate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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ne·​ces·​si·​tate ni-ˈses-ə-ˌtāt How to pronounce necessitate (audio)
necessitated; necessitating
: to make necessary
sick enough to necessitate staying home
necessitation noun

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