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