AskDefine | Define require

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1 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" [syn: necessitate, ask, postulate, need, take, involve, call for, demand] [ant: obviate]
2 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" [syn: ask, expect]
3 make someone do something [syn: command, compel]
4 have need of; "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner" [syn: want, need]

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From requerre (French: requérir), *requærere, from requirere.


  1. (Have two sense: active or passive) 'Active' creates an obligation, 'passive' do not create an obligation.
    A sandwich requires bread.
    I require a sandwich.
  2. To demand or exact as indispensable; to need.
  3. To ask as a favor; to request.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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