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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That’s a requirement that wasn’t in the original specifications. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Air Force Tests New “Loyal Wingman” Sidekick Drone for Combat," 7 Mar. 2019 Conservative legislators also support work requirements on adults covered by the expansion. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Voter Initiatives, Including Medicaid Expansion, Could Get Harder to Pass," 17 Feb. 2019 The legislation scales that back to people earning just over $12,000 a year and adds spending caps and work requirements. Lindsay Whitehust, The Seattle Times, "Utah reduces voter-backed Medicaid expansion in rare move," 11 Feb. 2019 Print subscribers get a password for your existing account here In a letter to the Mayor Ron Nirenberg and City Council, Paxton said state law gives municipalities no authority to impose such a requirement. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas AG warns San Antonio officials about proposed paid sick leave ordinance," 10 July 2018 There's only one person who fits all the requirements, including winning 10 Grammys: Chaka Khan. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Here's Proof That Gladys Knight Is Definitely NOT the Bee on The Masked Singer," 14 Feb. 2019 For an island to be usable—and meet building code requirements—the National Kitchen and Bath Association guidelines state that, for adequate traffic flow, a walkway around the structure should be at least 36 inches wide. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Islands," 11 Feb. 2019 Many assumed Rusal’s chairman-turnover requirement had been satisfied on Dec. 27, when sitting Rusal Chairman Matthias Warnig stepped down. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Former Rusal Chair ‘Astonished’ U.S. Pushed Him Out," 31 Jan. 2019 Nvidia also said that of the 400 Adaptive Sync monitors it has tested, only 12 have passed all the requirements needed for the GeForce driver enable the G-Sync support by default. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Here's what happens when using a GeForce GPU with a non-validated FreeSync monitor gets ugly," 9 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of requirement

1662, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of requirement was in 1662

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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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to boil down or concentrate

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