Re·quire v. t. [imp. & p. p. Required p. pr. & vb. n. Requiring.]
1. To demand; to insist upon having; to claim as by right and authority; to exact; as, to require the surrender of property.
Shall I say to Caesar
What you require of him? --Shak.
By nature did what was by law required. --Dryden.
2. To demand or exact as indispensable; to need.
Just gave what life required, and gave no more. --Goldsmith.
The two last [biographies] require to be particularly noticed. --J. A. Symonds.
3. To ask as a favor; to request.
I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way. --Ezra viii. 22.
Syn: -- To claim; exact; enjoin; prescribe; direct; order; demand; need.
v 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]