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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
re•quire /rɪˈkwaɪr/USA pronunciation
v., -quired, -quir•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
re•quire•ment, n. [countable]See -quir-.
- to have need of;
need:[~ + object]He requires medical care.
- to order (someone) to do something;
demand, esp. with authority: [~ + object + to + verb]The judge required the witness to testify.[~ + that clause]The judge required that the witness testify.[no object]to do as the law requires.
- to make necessary:[~ + object]The work required great patience.
- to place (someone) under an obligation to do something:[not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object + to + verb]You are required to answer all questions.
(ri kwīər′),USA pronunciation v., -quired, -quir•ing. v.t.
- to have need of;
need:He requires medical care.
- to call on authoritatively;
order or enjoin to do something:to require an agent to account for money spent.
- to ask for authoritatively or imperatively;
- to impose need or occasion for;
make necessary or indispensable:The work required infinite patience.
- to call for or exact as obligatory;
ordain:The law requires annual income-tax returns.
- to place under an obligation or necessity:The situation requires me to take immediate action.
- British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]to desire;
wish to have:Will you require tea at four o'clock?
- to demand;
impose obligation:to do as the law requires.
- Latin requīrere, equivalent. to re- re- + -quīrere, combining form of quaerere to seek, search for (compare quest)
- Middle English requiren 1300–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See lack.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See demand.
- 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged obligate, necessitate.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged forgo.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
require /rɪˈkwaɪə/ vb (mainly tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French requerre, from Vulgar Latin requaerere (unattested) to seek after, from Latin requīrere to seek to know, but also influenced by quaerere to seekreˈquirer n USAGE
- to have need of; depend upon; want
- to impose as a necessity; make necessary: this work requires precision
- (also intr) to make formal request (for); insist upon or demand, esp as an obligation
- to call upon or oblige (a person) authoritatively; order or command: to require someone to account for his actions
The use of require to as in I require to see the manager or you require to complete a special form is thought by many people to be incorrect: I need to see the manager; you are required to complete a special form
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