- to have need of; need: He requires medical care.
- to call on authoritatively; order or enjoin to do something: to require an agent to account for money spent.
- to ask for authoritatively or imperatively; demand.
- to impose need or occasion for; make necessary or indispensable: The work required infinite patience.
- to call for or exact as obligatory; ordain: The law requires annual income-tax returns.
- to place under an obligation or necessity: The situation requires me to take immediate action.
- Chiefly British. to desire; wish to have: Will you require tea at four o'clock?
- to demand; impose obligation: to do as the law requires.
Origin of require
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Examples from the Web for require
That makes New York the ninth state to require such coverage.The Insurance Company Promised a Gender Reassignment. Then They Made a Mistake.
December 29, 2014
Bohac said the bill does not require anyone to say “Merry Christmas” if they are not up for it.A Field General in the War on Christmas
December 24, 2014
Another step is to require a lawyer or advocate present during questioning of people with ID.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities
December 16, 2014
You might think that the reason Medicaid does not require coverage of HCBS is because institutional care is cheaper.Medicaid Will Give You Money for At-Home Care, but You Might Wait Years
December 2, 2014
As of July 2014, only 22 states and the District of Columbia require sex education to be taught in public schools.The Next Frontier of Sex Ed: How Porn Twists Teens’ Brains
November 29, 2014
This may make a good depot if we require to stay long in this neighbourhood.Explorations in Australia
But while we do justice to others, we must require that justice be done to us.
They may walk, to be sure, but it is exactly the inducement to walk that they require.Sunday under Three Heads
To be so particular as you require in subjects of conversation, it is impossible to be short.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
It will require sacrifice, but it can be done, and done fairly.
- to have need of; depend upon; want
- to impose as a necessity; make necessarythis work requires precision
- (also intr) to make formal request (for); insist upon or demand, esp as an obligation
- to call upon or oblige (a person) authoritatively; order or commandto require someone to account for his actions
Word Origin and History for require
late 14c., "to ask a question, inquire," from Old French requerre "seek, procure; beg, ask, petition; demand," from Vulgar Latin *requaerere, from Latin requirere "seek to know, ask," from re-, here perhaps meaning "repeatedly" (see re-), + quaerere "ask, seek" (see query (v.)).
The original sense of this word has been taken over by request (v.). Sense of "demand (someone) to do (something)" is from 1751, via the notion of "to ask for imperatively, or as a right" (late 14c.). Related: Required; requiring.