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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In theory, Jamaica could have qualified for the knockout stages but the minimum requirement was to beat Australia, an unlikely outcome after Kerr's two first half headers. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Brazil great Marta makes history with 17th World Cup goal," 18 June 2019 Now the requirement is simply that the Sign In button can’t be smaller than other options, and the user shouldn’t have to scroll to see it. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "App Makers Are Mixed on ‘Sign In With Apple’," 15 June 2019 The only requirements of a host family is to give them a place to sleep and supply meals., "North Ridgeville Corn Festival Parade will take place this year: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 13 June 2019 Apple has set up a support page explaining what iCloud for Windows can do and what the requirements are for using it. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple’s iCloud has been a poor experience in Windows, but a new update seeks to fix that," 12 June 2019 Here are three requirements to consider when seeking urgent care. Aaron Kassraie, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Veterans now eligible for more private health care options," 10 June 2019 The requirements of Section 120 were complex and daunting. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 Similar to Tree-to-Tree, the Aerial Park at Salishan is suitable for all levels of expertise (minimum age requirement is 8 years old). Gerry Frank,, "3 ideas for spending time with Dad on Father’s Day: Gerry Frank’s picks," 9 June 2019 But Eisenberg and his fellow physicians felt that requirement was unethical. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Explaining the Missouri pre-abortion exam Rachel Maddow called ‘state-sanctioned sexual assault’," 9 June 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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