require

verb
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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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In Israel, where 90 hours of community service is required for students to graduate from high school, the app has already been implemented in several schools. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Legendary Vogue Model Michaela Bercu on Launching Tribu, the Uber of Volunteering," 29 Mar. 2019 Instead, the account is tied to your iPhone/Apple ID and generates a unique number for every single transaction (unclear how this will integrate with online purchases where those are required fields and Apple Pay is not yet an option). Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Apple Is a Credit Card Company Now," 25 Mar. 2019 This year's Riverdale musical is Heathers: The Musical and there are some big numbers that will likely require a refresher. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "All the Songs in "Riverdale"'s "Heathers: The Musical" Episode," 20 Mar. 2019 For his part, Giannulli was arrested Tuesday, appeared in court that day, and was required to post a $1 million bond. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Lori Loughlin and Her Husband Mossimo Giannulli Became Involved in the College Admissions Scandal," 13 Mar. 2019 Some states, such as Texas, recognize Good Friday as an optional holiday, which means state offices are not required to be open. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Are Banks Open on Good Friday This Year?," 11 Mar. 2019 Tokens formally labelled a security are required to have certain financial disclosure statements filed with the agency. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Civil unrest: How a blockchain-based journalism startup bumbled its launch," 23 Dec. 2018 Access is by Cessna from the airstrip at Shell, a steamy frontier town on the edge of the Amazon, and flights are impossible in rain, so patience is required on entry and exit. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 For those unfamiliar, that's CBS's streaming platform, which requires a separate subscription. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How to Watch The Twilight Zone Reboot," 23 Mar. 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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More Definitions for require

require

verb

English Language Learners Definition of require

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

require

verb
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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