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.
adj 1: necessary for relief or supply; "provided them with all
things needful" [syn: needed, needful, requisite]
2: required by rule; "in most schools physical education are
compulsory"; "attendance is mandatory"; "required reading"
[syn: compulsory, mandatory]