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UK [rɪˈkwaɪə(r)] / US [rɪˈkwaɪr] verb [transitive]
Word forms "require":
present tense I/you/we/they require he/she/it requires present participle requiring past tense required past participle required
1) to need someone or something

Working with these children requires a great deal of patience.

a medical condition requiring urgent treatment

The cause of the accident is still unclear and requires further investigation.

2) if a rule, law, contract etc requires something, you must do that thing

Car insurance is required by law in most countries.

No previous knowledge of Arabic is required for admission to the university.

require someone to do something:

The agreement requires all parties to renounce the use of violence.

be required to do something:

The amount that patients are required to pay has been raised.

required reading:

His poems are now required reading on most literature courses.


English dictionary. 2014.

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