Definition of require
1a : to claim or ask for by right and authorityb archaic : request
2a : to call for as suitable or appropriate the occasion requires formal dressb : 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
archaic : ask
Examples of require in a Sentence
the toy requires four batteries, which are not included
Recent Examples of require from the Web
But somelocal officials say the law does not require them to collect details such as a person's immigration status.
One of those mandates requires insurers to cover 10 types of benefits, including drug abuse treatment, prescription drugs and pediatric care.
Under the new charter, companies would be required to maintain this level of black ownership regardless of whether black investors sell out.
The victim required 12 stitches to close his neck wound, Assistant State's Attorney Jim French said.
Cities and countries are written up as commodities and investment opportunities rather than real places with intractable problems that require more than a subsidy to resolve.
Jenkins' resume includes a campaign that relocated an eight-ton marble bust of Stanton, Anthony, and Lucretia Mott to the United States Capitol Rotunda (a feat that required two acts of Congress) in 1998.
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The gown, paired with statement-making yellow earrings, features an entire body-slit—which is required by law for everyone named JLo.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of require
REQUIRE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of require for English Language Learners
: to need (something)
: to make it necessary for someone to do something
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