re·​quire | \ ri-ˈkwī(-ə)r How to pronounce require (audio) \
required; requiring

Definition of require

transitive verb

1a : to claim or ask for by right and authority
b archaic : request
2a : to call for as suitable or appropriate the occasion requires formal dress
b : to demand as necessary or essential : have a compelling need for all living beings require food
3 : to impose a compulsion or command on : compel
4 chiefly British : to feel or be obliged used with a following infinitive one does not require to be a specialist— Elizabeth Bowen

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demand, claim, require, exact mean to ask or call for something as due or as necessary. demand implies peremptoriness and insistence and often the right to make requests that are to be regarded as commands. demanded payment of the debt claim implies a demand for the delivery or concession of something due as one's own or one's right. claimed the right to manage his own affairs require suggests the imperativeness that arises from inner necessity, compulsion of law or regulation, or the exigencies of the situation. the patient requires constant attention exact implies not only demanding but getting what one demands. exacts absolute loyalty

Examples of require in a Sentence

the toy requires four batteries, which are not included
Recent Examples on the Web The University of Notre Dame will require its students to receive the coronavirus vaccine as a condition of enrollment in the fall of this year. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Notre Dame to require COVID vaccination as condition of enrollment in the fall," 7 Apr. 2021 Starting off remotely will require a little extra time to get acclimated and up to speed. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, "Employee was hired remotely during pandemic and feels disconnected: Ask HR," 6 Apr. 2021 In a move that looks to give its customers flexibility in case there is a further delay, all of its July sailings won’t require final payments until May 31 with the ability to cancel without penalty. Richard Tribou,, "Carnival Cruise Line cancels June sailings, holds off vaccine stance," 6 Apr. 2021 This will require humility, balanced with an abundance of empathy in order to secure a commitment to a long-term relationship and further opportunities with your client. Reena Khullar Sharma, Forbes, "The Client Experience: A Strategic Approach From Engagement To Retention," 6 Apr. 2021 Moving all Mobile’s commercial passenger carriers to Brookley will require the construction of a new terminal and extensive additional work. al, "FAA approves Mobile’s airport swap; new terminal could open in 2024," 6 Apr. 2021 Prominent private schools such as Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and Loyola University Chicago won’t require vaccines at this juncture. Elyssa Cherney,, "The rush is now on to vaccinate Illinois college students before they leave campus for summer break. But will the shots be required for them to come back?," 6 Apr. 2021 The project will also require demolishing or acquiring parcels from scores of homes and businesses. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, "Noblesville's $113M Pleasant Street project gets new path, lessens historic impact," 6 Apr. 2021 By way of background: A planned update to iOS, Apple’s iPhone and iPad software, will require apps to ask users for consent in order to be tracked. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Google’s historic win over Oracle punts on a key question," 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of require

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for require

Middle English requeren, from Anglo-French requere, from Vulgar Latin *requaerere to seek for, need, require, alteration of Latin requirere, from re- + quaerere to seek, ask

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“Require.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of require

: to need (something)
: to make it necessary for someone to do something


re·​quire | \ ri-ˈkwīr How to pronounce require (audio) \
required; requiring

Kids Definition of require

1 : to have a need for This trick requires skill.
2 : order entry 1 sense 2, command The law requires drivers to wear seat belts.

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