re·​quire·​ment | \ ri-ˈkwī(-ə)r-mənt \

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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The thing is that these plans aren't compliant with the ACA and, therefore, aren't subject to the same requirements for coverage that other plans are. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Heads Up: You Can Still Sign Up for Obamacare and Open Enrollment Is Going On Right Now," 14 Nov. 2018 Google's newest Chrome update concealed a pretty big change to the browser's login requirements. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Google's New Automatic Chrome Login Is Bad For Your Online Privacy," 24 Sep. 2018 The House version, backed by the administration, includes a work requirement and tightens the loophole, giving the USDA the authority to decline state waivers. William La Jeunesse, Fox News, "Food stamp use drops only slightly as economy soars," 20 Aug. 2018 Get updated information about recordkeeping, reporting requirements and employer obligations; common wage and hour law application; and how to distinguish an employee from an independent contractor. Laura Groch,, "North County Business Briefs, July 12," 12 July 2018 State records show that one day before Walker’s speech in Trego, in northwestern Wisconsin, the governor’s office received detailed plans from the Dairy Business Association on legal requirements and strategic options to move the program. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dairy group uses behind-the-scenes influence with Gov. Scott Walker to shift regulation of large livestock farms," 6 July 2018 In the race for qualified talent, some companies are also rethinking job requirements and considering unconventional applicants, says Dawn Fay, senior district president at staffing firm Robert Half. Chip Cutter, WSJ, "Job Switchers Wring Career Wins From Tight Labor Market," 11 Jan. 2019 Mulvaney said at a White House briefing last year, referring to stricter employment requirements the administration wanted to add to SNAP. Julia Belluz, Vox, "A new Trump rule could take food stamps away from 755,000 people," 20 Dec. 2018 Microsoft did originally plan this same feature for the launch of the Xbox One, but the company canceled it after the controversial always online requirements and disc sharing concerns. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox is codenamed Anaconda," 18 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of requirement

1662, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of requirement

: something that is necessary Sleep is a requirement for health.

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