re·​quired ri-ˈkwī(-ə)rd How to pronounce required (audio)
: stipulated as necessary to be done, made, or provided
required reading
required monthly payments
submit the required proof of identification
Uninsured motorists insurance is a required coverage in several states (and strongly encouraged in others) in all auto policies.Robert I. Mehr

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, the IRS can make any adjustments to the entire tax return with no expiration until the required Form 5471 is filed. Robert W. Wood, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023 Wallace and Kristy Styron received a $30,000 elevation grant even though their home in southwestern Louisiana’s Cameron Parish was already above the required height. David Hammer, ProPublica, 16 Feb. 2023 After a student builds their own tray, a staff member looks over the tray to make sure the required components are present. Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2023 Other than that, setup of home security systems that rely on WiFi to work usually entails inserting batteries in each of the components (if they aren't already included), downloading the required apps, and following the installation guidelines. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Feb. 2023 The fines came after an investigation found that JK USA provided the underage workers to SL Alabama without required documentation. William Thornton |, al, 16 Feb. 2023 There are academic requirements, but the NBA Africa Academy has an educational component and is well-versed in the required curriculum. Brett Dawson, The Courier-Journal, 1 Feb. 2023 The required government contributions to the funds are large enough to rely on these extraordinary measures for roughly five months. Josh Boak, Fortune, 18 Jan. 2023 The required government contributions to the funds are large enough to rely on these extraordinary measures for roughly five months. Dallas News, 18 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1540, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of required was in 1540

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“Required.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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