Definitions for requirerɪˈkwaɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•quire*rɪˈkwaɪər(v.)-quired, -quir•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to have need of; need:

    He requires medical care.

  2. to order or enjoin to do something:

    to require a witness to testify.

  3. to ask for authoritatively or imperatively; demand.

  4. to make necessary or indispensable:

    The work required infinite patience.

  5. to place under an obligation:

    The situation requires me to take immediate action.

  6. (v.i.)to impose an obligation; demand:

    to do as the law requires.

* Syn: See lack.

Origin of require:

1300–50; ME < L requīrere=re-re - +-quīrere, comb. form of quaerere to seek, search for (cf. quest )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demand(verb)

    require as useful, just, or proper

    "It takes nerve to do what she did"; "success usually requires hard work"; "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"; "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"; "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"

  2. ask, require, expect(verb)

    consider obligatory; request and expect

    "We require our secretary to be on time"; "Aren't we asking too much of these children?"; "I expect my students to arrive in time for their lessons"

  3. command, require(verb)

    make someone do something

  4. want, need, require(verb)

    have need of

    "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. require(verb)ɪˈkwaɪər

    to make necessary or essential

    a position that requires excellent communication skills

  2. requireɪˈkwaɪər

    (of a rule or law) to make people do sth

    The law requires passengers to fasten their seat belts.; required reading for the class


  1. require(Verb)

    To ask (someone) for something; to request.

  2. require(Verb)

    To demand, to insist upon (having); to call for authoritatively.

  3. require(Verb)

    Naturally to demand (something) as indispensable; to need, to call for as necessary.

  4. require(Verb)

    To demand of (someone) to do something.

  5. Origin: From requerre (French: requérir), from *, from requiro.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Require(verb)

    to demand; to insist upon having; to claim as by right and authority; to exact; as, to require the surrender of property

  2. Require(verb)

    to demand or exact as indispensable; to need

  3. Require(verb)

    to ask as a favor; to request

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'require' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1484

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'require' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2772

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'require' in Verbs Frequency: #76

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