To require is to demand or say that something is necessary. Governments, businesses, religions, professions, and individuals set requirements:

  • Countries require a passport from travelers who wish to enter.
  • Hospitals require doctors to have specialized training and education.
  • To be a good musician requires a lot of practice and patience.
  • You are not required to pay anything to use this website. It’s free!

Notice that this word is often used in the passive voice:

  • The government requires you to pay taxes.
  • You are required to pay your taxes.
  • I am required to pay my taxes.
  • Schools require good attendance from students.
  • Students are required to have good attendance.
  • The law in Minnesota requires children under the age of 17 to attend school.
  • Children under the age of 17 are required to attend school.
  • The government requires everyone to have health insurance or else pay a penalty.
  • You are required to have health insurance.

The word "required" is used as an adjective:

  • Is this a required course?
  • Without a required photo ID, it’s not possible to enter some office buildings.
  • Children without the required immunizations pose a health risk in their communities.

The word "requirement" is a noun:

  • Good English is a requirement for most jobs in the United States.
  • Having a driver’s license is a requirement if you want to drive a car.
  • A person who meets all of the physical requirements may join the military.

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February 18, 2015