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
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First Known Use of necessitate

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Dec 2019

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“Necessitate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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 constrict the range or activity of

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