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English verb: require

1. require (stative) require as useful, just, or proper

SamplesIt 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.

Synonymsask, call for, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, take

Pattern of useSomething ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE.
It ----s that CLAUSE

Narrower (hyponym)claim, compel, cost, cry for, cry out for, draw, exact, govern, take

Verb groupclaim, exact, take

Antonymsobviate, rid of, eliminate

2. require (communication) consider obligatory; request and expect

SamplesWe 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.

ExamplesThey require him to write the letter

Synonymsask, expect

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something from somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)demand

Narrower (hyponym)call

3. require (communication) make someone do something

ExamplesThey require him to write the letter


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)enjoin, order, say, tell

Narrower (hyponym)burden, charge, disallow, forbid, interdict, nix, prohibit, proscribe, requisition, saddle, veto

4. require (consumption) have need of

SamplesThis piano wants the attention of a competent tuner.

ExamplesThey require more bread, They require him to write the letter

Synonymsneed, want

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)cry

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