require: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ri-kwīr'), [key]
— v., -quired, -quir•ing.
  1. to have need of; need: He requires medical care.
  2. to call on authoritatively; order or enjoin to do something: to require an agent to account for money spent.
  3. to ask for authoritatively or imperatively; demand.
  4. to impose need or occasion for; make necessary or indispensable: The work required infinite patience.
  5. to call for or exact as obligatory; ordain: The law requires annual income-tax returns.
  6. to place under an obligation or necessity: The situation requires me to take immediate action.
  7. to desire; wish to have: Will you require tea at four o'clock?
  1. to demand; impose obligation: to do as the law requires.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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