What does require mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demandverb

    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, expectverb

    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, requireverb

    make someone do something

  4. want, need, requireverb

    have need of

    "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"


  1. requireverb

    To ask (someone) for something; to request.

  2. requireverb

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

  3. requireverb

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

  4. requireverb

    To demand of (someone) to do something.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To REQUIREverb

    Etymology: requiro, Lat. requerir, Fr.

    Ye me require
    A thing without the compass of my wit;
    For both the lineage and the certain sire,
    From which I sprung, are from me hidden yet. Edmund Spenser.

    We do require them of you, so to use them,
    As we shall find their merits. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    This, the very law of nature teacheth us to do, and this the law of God requireth also at our hands. Henry Spelman.

    This imply’d
    Subjection, but requir’d with gentle sway. John Milton.

    Oft our alliance other lands desir’d,
    And what we seek of you, of us requir’d. Dryden.

    God, when he gave the world in common to all mankind, commanded men also to labour, and the penury of his condition required it. John Locke.

    The king’s business required haste. 1 Sam. xxi. 8.

    High from the ground the branches would require
    Thy utmost reach. John Milton.

    But why, alas! do mortal men complain;
    God gives us what he knows our wants require,
    And better things than those which we desire. Dryden.


  1. require

    Require generally means to need something or to insist on something. It can refer to a situation or condition where something is necessary or obligatory, or a rule or law that demands an action to be taken. It can also mean to request or demand a specific action from someone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Requireverb

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

  2. Requireverb

    to demand or exact as indispensable; to need

  3. Requireverb

    to ask as a favor; to request

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Require

    rē-kwīr′, v.t. to ask: to demand: to need: to exact: to direct.—adj. Requir′able, that may be required: fit or proper to be required.—ns. Require′ment, act of requiring: claim: demand; Requir′er; Requir′ing. [Fr.,—L. requirĕre.]

Editors Contribution

  1. require

    A just and fair request.

    They did require a specific amount of food so it was granted.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 10, 2020  

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  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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of require in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of require in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of require in a Sentence

  1. Salle Yoo:

    Uber does not require (minimum) hours, and it does not require a schedule, it offers the chance to be entrepreneurial, the chance to balance work and family.

  2. Tom Fahy:

    Making music is voluntary. Unlike bread, we don’t require it for our sustenance. Accordingly, music shouldn’t require its pound of flesh from the would-be listener. The price of art should be set by the market, by the listener, not by a machine with political interests.

  3. Mother Teresa:

    God doesn't require is to succeed; he only require that you try.

  4. John Ging:

    The government of Nepal has rightly shifted the focus of its efforts from immediate relief to longer term recovery and reconstruction, but this must not come at the expense of families who still require life-saving assistance, backlogs of essential shelter materials continue at Kathmandu airport and the Indian border due to bureaucratic impediments. This is delaying aid reaching 100,000 families who require urgent shelter assistance as the monsoon season begins.

  5. David Fleming:

    Large-scale problems do not require large-scale solutions; they require small-scale solutions within a large-scale framework.

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