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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Phegley has a contusion on his left (catching) thumb that necessitated the IL stint. Michael Nowels, The Mercury News, "Athletics put Laureano and Phegley on injured list, recall Martini and Taylor," 31 July 2019 The Palo Alto Police Department has a policy that requires supervisors to submit a report whenever there’s an incident that necessitates use of force. Eduardo Medina,, "Video shows Palo Alto police slamming handcuffed man’s head into a windshield," 23 July 2019 As Harris recalls that impromptu, late-night court drama, Bates seemed swayed at first by Harris’s argument that nothing on the ground in Swaziland had changed that necessitated removing the elephants in advance of the scheduled hearing. New York Times, "Zoos Called It a ‘Rescue.’ But Are the Elephants Really Better Off?," 9 July 2019 But Boling developed knee pain that necessitated cutting back on field events, eliminating the punishing decathlon as a future endeavor. Tim Layden,, "Is High School Sprint Phenom and Viral Star Matthew Boling the Future of Track?," 19 June 2019 Clauses in the Alaska Constitution prohibit the Legislature from contracting away its taxing authority, so achieving fiscal certainty for Alaska LNG would likely necessitate a potentially highly controversial constitutional amendment. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "AGDC president outlines path forward; China deal is dead," 25 July 2019 That would necessitate companies buying multiple units in each location, so some could charge while others worked. James Vincent, The Verge, "Boston Dynamics robots are preparing to leave the lab — is the world ready?," 17 July 2019 Quackenbush did not respond to questions about which commission activities necessitated the longer freezes; the agency issued its final regulations on March 15. Dan Adams,, "AG Maura Healey’s ruling could slow Mass. marijuana industry," 25 June 2018 Wagner and other members were also unhappy when informed this week that Kositany-Buckner's $77,000 severance package, set by the board, would likely necessitate a request for additional city funding. Bill Turque, kansascity, "KC council moves to gain more control over American Jazz Museum, but disarray remains | The Kansas City Star," 17 May 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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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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