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[ ri-kwahyuhr-muhnt ]


  1. that which is required; a thing demanded or obligatory:

    One of the requirements of the job is accuracy.

  2. an act or instance of requiring.

    Synonyms: claim, demand, directive, injunction, command, order

  3. a need or necessity:

    to meet the requirements of daily life.


/ rɪˈkwaɪəmənt /


  1. something demanded or imposed as an obligation

    Latin is no longer a requirement for entry to university

  2. a thing desired or needed
  3. the act or an instance of requiring

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Other Words From

  • nonre·quirement noun
  • prere·quirement noun
  • super·re·quirement noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of requirement1

First recorded in 1520–30; require + -ment

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Idioms and Phrases

see meet the requirements .

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Synonym Study

Requirement, requisite refer to that which is necessary. A requirement is some quality or performance demanded of a person in accordance with certain fixed regulations: requirements for admission to college. A requisite is not imposed from outside; it is a factor which is judged necessary according to the nature of things, or to the circumstances of the case: Efficiency is a requisite for success in business. Requisite may also refer to a concrete object judged necessary: the requisites for perfect grooming.

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Example Sentences

Data centers in the US consume 24 terawatt-hours of electricity and 100 billion liters of water a year, which is equivalent to the residential requirements of the city of Philadelphia.

There is no requirement on corporations to look after their stakeholders and for the most part they do not, because if they did, they would incur the wrath of their shareholders.

From Fortune

A predecessor to the TI-84 Plus CE, this TI-84 model still possesses advanced functions and software that meet students’ critical math and science requirements from high school through college.

To represent your neighbors at City Hall and set priorities for spending taxpayer dollars, the most basic requirement is to have your own house in order.

Those are the same requirements given for individual creators.

From Digiday

The same Pediatrics journal notes that 17 states have some form of exception to the standard parental consent requirement.

So working with the militants in order to deliver aid “becomes a requirement,” she said.

But until recently, there was no requirement for government agencies to report deaths in police custody.

There is no requirement for a member of Congress to resign after pleading guilty to a felony.

It continues to be the official position that “being open to life” is “an intrinsic requirement of married love.”

The law is very strict in its requirement of banks when paying the checks of customers.

Commands addressed to believers are at once, even while inculcated, a law and a covenant requirement.

The Constitutional requirement for making the document effective was ratification by nine states.

To the requirement of a covenant like that of works, their resolutions and endeavours are alike inadequate.

His disobedience is not as if that requirement were inconsistent with his natural powers, but as opposed by their tendency.


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More About Requirement

What does requirement mean?

A requirement is something that’s mandatory or necessary—it’s something you need to have or need to do.

Requirement is most often used in official contexts in which achieving a certain status requires you to perform certain actions or have certain things, such as documents.

Example: By passing this class you have now met all of the basic requirements for your major and will be able to walk at graduation in May.

Where does requirement come from?

The first records of requirement come from the 1500s. It is the noun form of the verb require, which is first recorded in the 1300s and comes from the Latin requīrere, meaning “to seek to know.” The suffix -ment is used to turn it into a noun.

If something is a requirement, it is not optional. Requirements typically must be fulfilled before you can complete something, reach a certain status, or move on to a next step. Many high schools and universities have official graduation requirements, which are usually particular classes that students need to take and projects they need to complete in order to be eligible to graduate. Job requirements are the qualifications that employers require you to have to be hired for a certain position. Each nation has its own citizenship requirements, which can include a variety of things, but often include official documents as well as specific knowledge about the country.

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What are some other forms related to requirement?

  • require (verb)
  • nonrequirement (noun)
  • prerequirement (noun)
  • superrequirement (noun)

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How is requirement used in real life?

Requirement is typically used in situations when something is needed to gain an official status, such as to become a graduate, citizen, or employee.



Try using requirement!

Which of the following words is least likely to describe a requirement?

A. mandatory
B. necessary
C. optional
D. essential

Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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