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.
Recent Examples on the Web The district had been waiting for clarification from Metro Health about the recent change to its requirement but decided to make its numbers available for the sake of transparency, said district spokesman Barry Perez. Peggy O’hare,, "Schools no longer required to post coronavirus case counts online," 10 Sep. 2020 In July Rhode Island entered a consent decree with progressive groups suspending its legal requirement that voters complete mail-in ballots before two witnesses or a notary. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Rhode Island’s Senior Ballot Harvest," 7 Sep. 2020 Despite the high number of cases, the Democratic governor insisted his requirement that people wear masks in public is working and indicated the order will be extended again later in the month. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "WWII anniversary, liquor boom, tracking app: News from around our 50 states," 5 Sep. 2020 The company said on July 1 that its mask requirement in the US and Canada would be in effect indefinitely. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Want an Uber? You may have to send a masked selfie first," 1 Sep. 2020 California originally passed its micro-stamping requirement in 2007, calling for gun manufacturers to incorporate the technology within three years. Alexei Koseff,, "California change to bullet-tracing mandate is sent to Newsom," 30 Aug. 2020 North Carolina in May loosened its witness requirement for absentee ballots during the pandemic, allowing ballots to count if they are signed by one witness instead of two or a notary. Elise Viebeck, Star Tribune, "More than 500,000 mail ballots were rejected in the primaries. That could make the difference in battleground states this fall.," 23 Aug. 2020 Two months ago, for example, the Public Utilities Commission granted a request from SDG&E to waive its requirement to meet state resource adequacy rules. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rolling blackouts raise questions about potential for market manipulation," 23 Aug. 2020 That laid the groundwork for eliminating its requirement under the Clean Air Act to extend methane regulation to existing sources, which produce the vast majority of sector emissions. Jennifer Hijazi, Science | AAAS, "‘It cannot survive.’ Why Trump’s rollback of methane rule might lose in court," 17 Aug. 2020

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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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24 Sep 2020

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“Requirement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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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