require

[ ri-kwahyuhr ]
/ rɪˈkwaɪər /

verb (used with object), re·quired, re·quir·ing.

verb (used without object), re·quired, re·quir·ing.

to demand; impose obligation: to do as the law requires.

Nearby words

  1. request stop,
  2. requiem,
  3. requiem shark,
  4. requiescat,
  5. requiescat in pace,
  6. required,
  7. requirement,
  8. requisite,
  9. requisitely,
  10. requisition

Origin of require

1300–50; Middle English requiren < Latin requīrere, equivalent to re- re- + -quīrere, combining form of quaerere to seek, search for (cf. quest)

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See lack. 3. See demand.

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British Dictionary definitions for required

require

/ (rɪˈkwaɪə) /

verb (mainly tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)

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
Derived Formsrequirable, adjectiverequirer, noun

Word Origin for require

C14: from Old French requerre, from Vulgar Latin requaerere (unattested) to seek after, from Latin requīrere to seek to know, but also influenced by quaerere to seek

usage

The use of require to as in I require to see the manager or you require to complete a special form is thought by many people to be incorrect: I need to see the manager; you are required to complete a special form

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