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From Old French requerre (French: requérir), from Latin requīrō (I require, seek, ask for).



require (third-person singular simple present requires, present participle requiring, simple past and past participle required)

  1. (obsolete) To ask (someone) for something; to request. [14th–17th c.]
  2. To demand, to insist upon (having); to call for authoritatively. [from 14th c.]
    • 1998, Joan Wolf, The Gamble, Warner Books:
      "I am Miss Newbury," I announced, "and I require to be shown to my room immediately, if you please."
    • 2009 December 29, Vikram Dodd, The Guardian:
      ‘Regrettably, I have concluded, after considering the matter over Christmas [], that I can no longer maintain the high standard of service I require of myself, meet the demands of office and cope with the pressures of public life, without my health deteriorating further.’
  3. Naturally to demand (something) as indispensable; to need, to call for as necessary. [from 15th c.]
    • 1972 June 5, “Aid for Aching Heads”, in Time:
      Chronic pain is occasionally a sign of a very serious problem, like brain tumors, and can require surgery.
    • 2009 February 7, Julian Borger, The Guardian:
      A weapon small enough to put on a missile would require uranium enriched to more than 90% U-235.
  4. To demand of (someone) to do something. [from 18th c.]
    • 1970 June 29, “Compulsory Midi”, in Time:
      After Aug 3 all salesgirls will be required to wear only one style of skirt while on duty: the midi.
    • 2007 December 5, Allegra Stratton, “Smith to ban non-EU unskilled immigrants from working in UK”, in The Guardian:
      The government would like to require non-British fiances who wish to marry a British citizen to sit an English test.


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  1. inflection of requirir:
    1. third-person singular present indicative
    2. second-person singular imperative




  1. present of requirer
  2. imperative of requirer




  1. second-person singular present active imperative of requīrō