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Meaning of REQUIRE

Pronunciation:  ri'kwIr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make someone do something
  2. [v]  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. [v]  have need of; "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"
  4. [v]  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 postulates a patient's consent"

REQUIRE is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: ask, ask, call for, command, compel, demand, expect, involve, necessitate, need, need, postulate, take, want
 Antonyms: eliminate, obviate, rid of
 See Also: be, burden, call, charge, cost, cry, cry for, cry out for, demand, disallow, draw, enjoin, forbid, govern, imply, interdict, order, prohibit, proscribe, requisition, saddle, say, tell, veto



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Re*quire"\ (r?-kw?r"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Required}
(-kw?rd"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Requiring}.] [OE. requeren,
requiren, OF. requerre, F. requ?rir; L. pref. re- re- +
quaerere to ask; cf. L. requirere. See {Query}, and cf.
{Request}, {Requisite}.]
1. To demand; to insist upon having; to claim as by right and
   authority; to exact; as, to require the surrender of

         Shall I say to C[ae]sar What you require of him?

         By nature did what was by law required. --Dryden.

2. To demand or exact as indispensable; to need.

         just gave what life required, and gave no more.

         The two last [biographies] require to be
         particularly noticed.                 --J. A.

3. To ask as a favor; to request.

         I was ashamed to require of the king a band of
         soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy
         in the way.                           --Ezra viii.

Syn: To claim; exact; enjoin; prescribe; direct; order;
     demand; need.