Hypertext Webster Gateway: "require"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Require \Re*quire"\ (r?-kw?r"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Required}
(-kw?rd"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Requiring}.] [OE. requeren,
requiren, OF. requerre, F. requ?rir; L. pref. re- re- +
quaerere to ask; cf. L. requirere. See {Query}, and cf.
{Request}, {Requisite}.]
1. To demand; to insist upon having; to claim as by right and
authority; to exact; as, to require the surrender of

Shall I say to C[ae]sar What you require of him?

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.

The two last [biographies] require to be
particularly noticed. --J. A.

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.

Syn: To claim; exact; enjoin; prescribe; direct; order;
demand; need.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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" [syn: {necessitate},
{ask}, {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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