- 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 requiring
The next step is requiring 40 hours of training prior to license approval.A Navy Vet’s Case for Gun Control
November 23, 2014
You may have noticed that roughly 100 percent of higher animals reproduce sexually, requiring a male and female partner to do so.Is Pope Francis Backpedaling on Gays?
November 19, 2014
But requiring a private business to provide equal accommodation to all Americans, including the gay ones?Refusing to Marry Same-Sex Couples Isn’t Religious Freedom, It’s Just Discrimination
October 23, 2014
Requiring more than 1,200 components, it weighed 648 pounds and had an initial price of $29,500.Pioneers in Printing
The Daily Beast
October 21, 2014
The NFL is now requiring violence prevention education and training for all players and staff.How Your Company Can End Violence Against Girls
October 9, 2014
Of these, the single-needle instrument, requiring only one wire, is still in use.Heroes of the Telegraph
It seemed that his eyelids were heavy, requiring an effort to lift them.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
But while requiring explanations he refused to listen to them.
The soil is heavier, requiring longer and more constant cultivation.The Negro Farmer
Marion finds this a difficult duty, requiring her utmost tact.The Red Hand of Ulster
George A. Birmingham
- 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 requiring
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.