- 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 required
It also required that ads print a disclaimer if they digitally altered the models.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models
January 8, 2015
Instead, black models are required to remain meekly, silently off stage, waiting for a turn that may never come.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
The rules change would have required all candidates to do the same.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
In 2007, President Bush signed a law that required all Head Start grantees to be evaluated using an evidence-based system.Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?
Peter Orszag, Jim Nussle
December 23, 2014
My choice is that it should be required reading by those who run the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
He was then required to swear by all the gods, and by the dreaded Erinnys, that he had spoken truly.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
It required all the captain's seamanship, and the efforts of all the crew, to withstand it.Brave and Bold
I can only say that if my services are required I shall be found ready and willing.
My brother went off to the boat and brought ashore the things we required.
But what was it that Evelyn had required of Mary and that Mary had bluntly refused to do?Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
- 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 required
c.1600, past participle adjective from require (v.). Required reading attested from 1881.
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.