Require 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 property. [1913 Webster]

Shall I say to C[ae]sar What you require of him? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

By nature did what was by law required. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To demand or exact as indispensable; to need. [1913 Webster]

Just gave what life required, and gave no more. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

The two last [biographies] require to be particularly noticed. --J. A. Symonds. [1913 Webster]

3. To ask as a favor; to request. [1913 Webster]

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. 22. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To claim; exact; enjoin; prescribe; direct; order; demand; need. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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