Definition of require
What does the word require mean?
part of speech: verb transitive, intransitive
Order (person), demand (of person), to do (they r. me or of me to appear); demand or ask in words (person\'s action, act of person, thing at person\'s hands, that, &c.) esp. as of right (they r. my appearance, an oath of me, a gift at my hands, that I should appear); lay down as imperative (had done all that was required by the Act); need, call for, depend for success &c. on, (the emergency requires it, that it should be done; irony requires care in its use; land requires 10 lb. of seed to the acre; place would r. an army to take it; machine requires no attention; it required all his authority to keep them in hand); (rare) be necessary (do not tie it more tightly than requires). Hence requirement n. [Latin]