Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)


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Require (Page: 1223)

Re*quire" (r?-kw?r"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Required (-kw?rd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Requiring.] [OE. requeren, requiren, OF. requerre, F. requrir; 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.

Shall I say to Cæsar What you require of him? Shak.
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. Goldsmith.
The two last [biographies] require to be particularly noticed. J. A. Symonds.

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. 22.
Syn. -- To claim; exact; enjoin; prescribe; direct; order; demand; need.