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require

re·quire

require

 
 
pronunciation:
rih kwaIr
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: required, requires, requiring
definition 1: to need.
Babies require a great deal of attention.Retiring early requires substantial savings.I require only a bed to sleep in; I don't need a hotel with a swimming pool.
synonyms:
call for, demand, need, want
similar words:
claim, compel, desire, lack, return, take
definition 2: to demand or insist upon.
The hotel requires that its guests check out before noon.
synonyms:
call for, demand, exact, necessitate
similar words:
ask, bid, claim, command, compel, direct, insist on, instruct, order, urge
definition 3: to make an imposition or put an obligation on.
The law requires you to renew your license every five years.
synonyms:
constrain, obligate, oblige
similar words:
compel, demand, exact, insist on, will
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to order or dictate.
You will have to do as the law requires.
synonyms:
call for, command, demand, dictate, order
similar words:
direct, urge
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derivations: requirable (adj.), required (adj.), requirer (n.)
Word Builder: require +
  • required:
    ordered or demanded; being a requirement.
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