re·​quire·​ment | \ ri-ˈkwī(-ə)r-mənt How to pronounce requirement (audio) \

Definition of requirement

: something required:
a : something wanted or needed : necessity production was not sufficient to satisfy military requirements
b : something essential to the existence or occurrence of something else : condition failed to meet the school's requirements for graduation

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Examples of requirement in a Sentence

He has met the basic requirements for graduation. She has fulfilled the general requirements of the course.

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As measles cases rose last week to a new high of 764 cases this year in 23 states, a battle is heating up in New York state over a proposal to tighten vaccination requirements for those attending schools. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "U.S. Measles Cases Continue to Climb," 6 May 2019 Regardless of how people feel, Dexter's past with Idol does not break any eligibility requirements for The Voice. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Why 'The Voice' Contestant Dexter Roberts's Past Is Causing Controversy," 11 Mar. 2019 And so, in 1981, the Pentagon issued a requirement for a Joint Services Advanced Vertical Lift Aircraft (JVX). Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "V-22 Osprey: The Story of the Revolutionary Tiltrotor Aircraft," 8 Feb. 2019 This card has enough guts to hit the minimum requirements for Madden 19, but do yourself a favor and limit your frame rates to console level 30fps for a more enjoyable experience. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Get great graphics cards for cheap in Newegg's GPU sales blitz," 3 Aug. 2018 Eric Powers of Kern County, Calif., was fined $35,000 for violating reporting and registration requirements under the Bank Secrecy Act, FinCEN said. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Treasury Bureau Issues First Penalty for Peer-to-Peer Digital Currency Exchange," 18 Apr. 2019 And before the Trump administration loosened lease requirements, some environmentalists said that the environmental review process was inadequate and often ignored public input. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "Activists Protest Bureau of Land Management Leasing That Allow Oil and Gas Drilling on Public Lands," 15 Apr. 2019 Always check manufacturer instructions to be sure your child is within weight and size requirements. Selina Tedesco, Good Housekeeping, "Everything About the BOB Jogging Stroller Recall Controversy, Explained," 12 Apr. 2019 This will meet Microsoft’s requirement for clean energy. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Microsoft makes clean-power deal with Chelan PUD," 12 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of requirement

1662, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of requirement

: something that is needed or that must be done
: something that is necessary for something else to happen or be done


re·​quire·​ment | \ ri-ˈkwīr-mənt How to pronounce requirement (audio) \

Kids Definition of requirement

: something that is necessary Sleep is a requirement for health.

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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