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 Caesar 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)

Synonyms: To claim, exact, enjoin, prescribe, direct, order, demand, need.

Origin: OE. Requeren, requiren, OF. Requerre, F. Requrir; L. Pref. Re- re- + quaerere to ask; cf. L. Requirere. See Query, and cf. Request, Requisite.

(01 Mar 1998)