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

Examples of requirement in a Sentence

He has met the basic requirements for graduation. She has fulfilled the general requirements of the course.
Recent Examples on the Web Under a federal mask requirement, masks will remain mandatory on buses until at least March 18, according to Radford. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, 11 Jan. 2022 As a result, the district’s face mask requirement remains in effect for students, staff and visitors in all district buildings. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 11 Jan. 2022 The capital city has had a mask requirement in place for schools since August. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Jan. 2022 The city previously had a mask requirement that was in effect only as long as there was a health order. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Jan. 2022 The county will update its policy to include a mask requirement for employees. Alia Malik, ajc, 7 Jan. 2022 The bureau said in announcing the project’s approval in November the two 30-megawatt geothermal plants would help Nevada meet its renewable portfolio requirement that the state’s utilities procure 25% of their energy from renewable sources by 2025. Scott Sonner, ajc, 31 Dec. 2021 Nonetheless, there’s no mask requirement to board a train or plane, or to enter a government building. Lev Facher, STAT, 30 Dec. 2021 The requirement, which took effect Jan. 1, 2021, launched a nationwide test of whether price transparency could be an effective tool to help lower healthcare costs. Melanie Evans, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of requirement

1662, in the meaning defined above

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“Requirement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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