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VERB (4)

1. require as useful, just, or proper;
- Example: "It takes nerve to do what she did"
- Example: "success usually requires hard work"
- Example: "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"
- Example: "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"
- Example: "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"
- Example: "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"
[syn: necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demand]

2. consider obligatory; request and expect;
- Example: "We require our secretary to be on time"
- Example: "Aren't we asking too much of these children?"
- Example: "I expect my students to arrive in time for their lessons"
[syn: ask, require, expect]

3. make someone do something;
[syn: command, require]

4. have need of;
- Example: "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"
[syn: want, need, require]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 property. [1913 Webster] Shall I say to Caesar What you require of him? --Shak. [1913 Webster] By nature did what was by law required. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To demand or exact as indispensable; to need. [1913 Webster] Just gave what life required, and gave no more. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] The two last [biographies] require to be particularly noticed. --J. A. Symonds. [1913 Webster] 3. To ask as a favor; to request. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Syn: To claim; exact; enjoin; prescribe; direct; order; demand; need. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

require 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 postulate a patient's consent" [syn: necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demand] [ant: eliminate, obviate, rid of] 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, require, expect] 3: make someone do something [syn: command, require] 4: have need of; "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner" [syn: want, need, require]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

90 Moby Thesaurus words for "require": affect, appoint, ask, ask for, assess, assume, authorize, be hurting for, be indicated, bind, blackmail, bring, brook no denial, call, call for, challenge, charge, charge for, claim, clamor for, coerce, command, commit, comprise, contain, crave, cry for, cry out for, demand, desire, dictate, entail, exact, extort, force, have occasion for, implicate, imply, impose, indent, insist, instruct, involve, issue an ultimatum, lack, lay down, lead to, leave no option, levy, make, make a demand, make dutiable, make imperative, make incumbent, make obligatory, miss, necessitate, need, obligate, oblige, order, order up, place an order, pledge, postulate, prerequire, prescribe, presume, presuppose, pro rata, prorate, put in requisition, requisition, run short of, saddle with, screw, set, solicit, stick for, subsume, take, take doing, take in, take no denial, tax, tie, tithe, want, want doing, warn