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 But in 2019, Sale endured the worst year of his big league career, struggling with his mechanics while going 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 25 starts until elbow tendinitis necessitated a season-ending plasma-rich platelet injection in August., "In 2017-18, Sale looked every bit the part of an ace among aces, going 29-12 with a 2.56 ERA while striking out a ridiculous 13.2 batters per nine innings and helping the Red Sox to back-to-back AL East titles and delivering the final out of the 2018 World Series.," 12 Nov. 2019 Reese goes on to become John’s biological father, creating John Connor, necessitating Skynet’s actions in the future. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Causality Loops and Terminator’s 35-Year Struggle to Make Time Travel Convincing," 2 Nov. 2019 Then in 2010, the City of Detroit, citing code violations, forced the shutdown of the original site, necessitating an emergency move to the Fillmore Detroit. Steve Byrne,, "Theatre Bizarre: 20 reasons to love Detroit's artsy masquerade party," 18 Oct. 2019 After Obamacare merged young, healthy people with older, sicker folks, the premiums for everybody rose to an average of $450 a month, necessitating premium subsidies and higher deductibles. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Strike puts teachers first; Health care cost shifting, again; In defense of Kroenke," 16 Oct. 2019 The former Patriot also suffered a forearm fracture in 2012 and again in 2013, necessitating three more surgeries. Alaa Abdeldaiem,, "Rob Gronkowski Estimates He Suffered 'Nine Surgeries, 20 Concussions' Playing Football," 12 Sep. 2019 But local governments cannot charge people to use a public road without state approval, necessitating the bill. Alexei Koseff,, "Tolls, reservations for SF’s Lombard Street approved by California lawmakers," 5 Sep. 2019 More than a dozen states, including North Carolina and Nebraska, already have various licensing requirements for gun owners, necessitating permits and background checks before certain firearms purchases. Benjy Sarlin, NBC News, "As Trump waffles, some Democrats talk up mandatory gun buybacks, licensing," 24 Aug. 2019 Beset in her later years by osteoporosis, her mobility became limited and four years ago necessitated her move with her husband into the Clare. Rick Kogan,, "Lois Wille, trailblazing Chicago reporter and editorial writer, winner of two Pulitzers, dies at 87," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of necessitate

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Nov 2019

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The first known use of necessitate was in 1625

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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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