require
verb (required; requiring) Etymology: Middle English requeren, from Anglo-French requere, from Vulgar Latin *requaerere to seek for, need, require, alteration of Latin requirere, from re- + quaerere to seek, ask Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to claim or ask for by right and authority b. archaic request 2. a. to call for as suitable or appropriate <
the occasion requires formal dress
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b. to demand as necessary or essential ; have a compelling need for <
all living beings require food
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3. to impose a compulsion or command on ; compel 4. chiefly British to feel or be obliged — used with a following infinitive <
one does not require to be a specialist — Elizabeth Bowen
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intransitive verb archaic ask Synonyms: see demand

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  • require — re‧quire [rɪˈkwaɪə ǁ ˈkwaɪr] verb [transitive] formal 1. to officially demand that people do something, because of a law or rule: require somebody to do something • the ruling requiring companies to disclose the value of stock require that …   Financial and business terms

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • require — [ri kwīr′] vt. required, requiring [ME requiren < base of OFr requerre < VL * requaerere, for L requirere < re , again + quaerere, to ask] 1. to ask or insist upon, as by right or authority; demand [to require obedience] 2. to order;… …   English World dictionary

  • require — The construction with a to infinitive, as in I require to know your names, is not idiomatic in BrE but is known in other varieties of English. The type Do you require tea? is chiefly confined to BrE …   Modern English usage

  • require — [v1] need, want crave, depend upon, desire, feel necessity for, have need, hurting for, lack, miss, stand in need, wish; concepts 20,646 Ant. dislike, have, not want require [v2] ask, demand; necessitate assert oneself, beg, beseech, bid, call… …   New thesaurus

  • require — ► VERB 1) need for a purpose; depend on. 2) wish to have. 3) instruct or expect (someone) to do something. 4) (require of) regard (an action or quality) as due from. 5) specify as compulsory: the minimum required by law. ORIGIN Latin …   English terms dictionary

  • require — I (compel) verb assess, call for, cause, coerce, command, constrain, decree, demand, dictate, direct, draft, drive, enact, enforce, enjoin, entail, exact, exigere, force, impose, insist on, issue a command, levy, make, necessitate, obligate,… …   Law dictionary

  • require — (v.) c.1300, to ask a question, inquire, from O.Fr. requerre, from V.L. *requaerere, from L. requirere seek to know, ask, from re repeatedly + quaerere ask, seek (see QUERY (Cf. query)). The original sense of this word has been taken over by… …   Etymology dictionary

  • require — 1 exact, claim, *demand Analogous words: *prescribe, assign, define: warrant, *justify 2 *lack, want, need …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • require — verb ADVERB ▪ urgently ▪ Many of the refugees urgently require medical treatment. ▪ reasonably (law, esp. BrE) ▪ generally, normally, typically …   Collocations dictionary

  • require — v. 1) (D; tr.) to require from, of (she requires a term paper of each student) 2) (esp. BE) (G) the house requires painting 3) (H) we require all incoming students to take placement examinations 4) (K) this position requires your getting here on… …   Combinatory dictionary

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