re·​quire | \ ri-ˈkwī(-ə)r How to pronounce require (audio) \
required; requiring

Definition of require

transitive verb

1a : to claim or ask for by right and authority
b archaic : request
2a : to call for as suitable or appropriate the occasion requires formal dress
b : to demand as necessary or essential : have a compelling need for all living beings require food
3 : to impose a compulsion or command on : compel
4 chiefly British : to feel or be obliged used with a following infinitive one does not require to be a specialist— Elizabeth Bowen

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Synonyms & Antonyms for require


bear, challenge, claim, demand, necessitate, need, take, want, warrant


have, hold

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demand, claim, require, exact mean to ask or call for something as due or as necessary. demand implies peremptoriness and insistence and often the right to make requests that are to be regarded as commands. demanded payment of the debt claim implies a demand for the delivery or concession of something due as one's own or one's right. claimed the right to manage his own affairs require suggests the imperativeness that arises from inner necessity, compulsion of law or regulation, or the exigencies of the situation. the patient requires constant attention exact implies not only demanding but getting what one demands. exacts absolute loyalty

Examples of require in a Sentence

the toy requires four batteries, which are not included

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The lifetime catastrophic injury protection option is required to be offered going forward, but it'll be joined by limited monetary coverages (say, $250,000, $350,000, etc.) as in other states. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Michigan's Auto Insurance Premiums, Highest in the Nation, Targeted by Bipartisan Deal," 24 May 2019 Until this week, that would have required booking a flight to Sturm’s clinic in Dusseldorf, Germany. April Long, Town & Country, "The Dermatologist Who Saved Bella Hadid's Skin Opens a Spa," 16 May 2019 That would require building renovations that could cost providers upwards of $40,000, according to The Atlantic—money many clinics don’t have. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "If Title X Disappears, More Than 22 Million Women Will Live in Contraceptive Deserts," 9 May 2019 Therefore, the warning should not be required on coffee. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner's Favorite Brand Fashion Nova Cautions That Their Swimsuits May Cause Cancer," 30 Apr. 2019 Eliminating Paint would have required users to adopt another Paint-like app. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft Paint has been given another reprieve," 23 Apr. 2019 But thorium couldn't produce anywhere near the energy the Orville would require. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The Orville blends science fiction and science fact into a winning mix," 29 Dec. 2018 Nor, for that matter, do numerous states throughout America; our home state of Michigan doesn't require their use for back-seat passengers. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Mercedes-Benz Is Developing Heated Seatbelts, But It's Not Just for Comfort Reasons," 20 May 2019 Unfortunately, the required training and certification is not a difficult hurdle to clear, so there are some unprepared amateurs out there masquerading as professionals. Michelle Lee, Allure, "Thanks to Microblading, I Finally Have My Pre-Tweezer Eyebrows Back," 9 May 2019

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First Known Use of require

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for require

Middle English requeren, from Anglo-French requere, from Vulgar Latin *requaerere to seek for, need, require, alteration of Latin requirere, from re- + quaerere to seek, ask

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English Language Learners Definition of require

: to need (something)
: to make it necessary for someone to do something


re·​quire | \ ri-ˈkwīr How to pronounce require (audio) \
required; requiring

Kids Definition of require

1 : to have a need for This trick requires skill.
2 : order entry 1 sense 2, command The law requires drivers to wear seat belts.

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