Synonyms of 'require'
1 needDictionary, crave, depend upon
A baby requires warmth and physical security.
He desperately needed money.
There may be certain times of day when smokers crave a cigarette.
have need of
The grass wants cutting.
Your mum and I are going to miss you at Christmas.
It lacked the power of the Italian cars.
I will do as you wish.
He was bored and desired change in his life.
stand in need of
2 demandDictionary, take, involve
This requires thought, effort, and a certain ruthlessness.
The task demands much patience and hard work.
Walking across the room took all her strength.
Running a kitchen involves a great deal of discipline and speed.
Such a decision would entail a huge risk.
A prolonged drought had necessitated the introduction of water rationing.
3 orderDictionary, demand, direct
The rules require employers to provide safety training.
She demanded an immediate apology.
They have been directed to give special attention to poverty.
the introduction of legislation to compel cyclists to wear a helmet
He has exacted a high price for his co-operation.
This decree obliges unions to delay strikes.
Individuals will be constrained to make many sacrifices for the greater good.
4 askDictionary, order, bid
She was required to take to the stage.
usage note:The use of require to as in I require to see the manager or you require to complete a special form is thought by many people to be incorrect. Useful alternatives are: I need to see the manager and you are required to complete a special form.
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If you ask someone to do something, you tell them that you want them to do it.
We had to ask him to leave.
If you bid someone do something, you ask or invite them to do it.
I dare say he did as he was bidden.
Thesaurus for require from the Collins English Thesaurus
If you require something or if something is required , you need it or it is necessary.