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verb re·quire \ri-ˈkwī(-ə)r\

Definition of require

required

requiring

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to claim or ask for by right and authority b archaic :  request

  3. 2 a :  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>

  4. 3 :  to impose a compulsion or command on :  compel

  5. 4 chiefly British :  to feel or be obliged —used with a following infinitive <one does not require to be a specialist — Elizabeth Bowen>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. archaic :  ask

Examples of require in a sentence

  1. <the toy requires four batteries, which are not included>

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 century

Synonym Discussion of require

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>.


REQUIRE Defined for English Language Learners

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verb re·quire \ri-ˈkwī(-ə)r\

Definition of require for English Language Learners

  • : to need (something)

  • : to make it necessary for someone to do something


REQUIRE Defined for Kids

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verb re·quire \ri-ˈkwīr\

Definition of require for Students

required

requiring

  1. 1 :  to have a need for <This trick requires skill.>

  2. 2 :  1order 2, command <The law requires drivers to wear seat belts.>



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