Definition of require
1a : to claim or ask for by right and authorityb archaic : request
2a : to call for as suitable or appropriate the occasion requires formal dressb : 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
archaic : ask
Examples of require in a Sentence
the toy requires four batteries, which are not included
Recent Examples of require from the Web
Experience in the installation, configuration and support of Windows servers (Required) * Extensive working knowledge of TCP/IP protocol suite, addressing, etc.
Others believe that fixing American education will require bolstering the public school systems that are obligated to serve every child.
The Learner Profile, Stream app, and other tools are only about a year old, and AltSchool’s personalization still requires considerable human intervention.
Women, of course, should bring a scarf, as they are required to cover their hair.
If your school fails to take prompt and effective steps to eliminate the violence and prevent its recurrence, your school may be required to reimburse lost tuition and related expenses.
The new law raises the limit on annual flood insurance premium increases from 10 percent to 20 percent and requires FEMA to prepare a plan over a decade to repay the flood insurance program's $20 billion debt to the U.S. Treasury.
Week 2 Free fishing day in California on the 10th: No license required!
These example sentences are collected from online sources. Help us improve them by sending feedback.
Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of require
REQUIRE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of require for English Language Learners
: to need (something)
: to make it necessary for someone to do something
REQUIRE Defined for Kids
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up require? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).