re·​quire·​ment ri-ˈkwī(-ə)r-mənt How to pronounce requirement (audio)
: something required:
: something wanted or needed : necessity
production was not sufficient to satisfy military requirements
: something essential to the existence or occurrence of something else : condition
failed to meet the school's requirements for graduation

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

1662, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of requirement was in 1662

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“Requirement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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re·​quire·​ment ri-ˈkwī(ə)r-mənt How to pronounce requirement (audio)
: something that is required or necessary
requirements for graduation

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