require Definition

  • 1need for a particular purpose
  • 2make an official order for something to be done

Using require: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "require" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The job requires a lot of patience.

  • Example

    This task requires your full attention.

  • Example

    The law requires that you wear a seatbelt while driving.

  • Example

    I require your assistance with this matter.

require Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for require

Idioms Using require

  • require blood, sweat, and tears

    require a lot of hard work and effort


    Becoming a successful musician requires blood, sweat, and tears.

  • need further examination or consideration


    This proposal is complex and requires a second look before we can make a decision.

  • need clarification or justification


    Your behavior requires an explanation.

Phrases with require

  • demand or expect someone to do something


    I require of you to be punctual.

  • when necessary or needed


    Please restock the supplies as required.

  • a book or other material that must be read as part of a course of study


    The professor assigned several books as required reading for the class.

Origins of require

from Old French 'requerre', from Latin 'requirere', from 're-' (expressing intensive force) + 'quaerere' (to seek)


Summary: require in Brief

The verb 'require' [rɪˈkwaɪə(r)] means to need something for a particular purpose or to make an official order for something to be done. It is often used in the context of tasks, jobs, and laws, such as 'The job requires a lot of patience.' 'Require' extends into phrases like 'as required,' and idioms like 'require blood, sweat, and tears,' denoting a lot of hard work and effort.

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