necessitate

The verb necessitate shows that something is necessary or needs to happen, as when a sweet tooth can necessitate a trip to the store for a triple-scoop ice cream — which will necessitate a trip to the gym.

Synonyms for necessitate are "require" and "force." Although what's required may be serious, necessitate also just labels things that follow naturally from one step to another. A dead car battery might necessitate a long walk home, or your completion of skills tests might necessitate moving up to the next level. Necessitate commonly replaces "need" when doctors talk about treatment, so while your scraped knee might need a big bandage, it may "necessitate treatment with antibiotics" if you go to a clinic.

Definitions of necessitate
  1. verb
    require as useful, just, or proper
    synonyms: ask, call for, demand, involve, need, postulate, require, take
    claim, exact, take
    take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
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    Antonyms:
    eliminate, obviate, rid of
    do away with
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    claim, exact, take
    take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
    govern
    require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood
    draw
    require a specified depth for floating
    cost
    require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice
    cry for, cry out for
    need badly or desperately
    compel
    necessitate or exact
  2. verb
    cause to be a concomitant
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    types:
    entail, imply, mean
    have as a logical consequence
    type of:
    lead
    tend to or result in
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