Require means to need. You require food, water, and shelter to live, but do you really require that new pair of high-fashion shoes?

The verb require comes from Latin root words re-, meaning "repeatedly," and quaerere, meaning "to ask." The word lost the sense of asking and came to mean needing, demanding, or insisting upon something. The law requires that you attend school until you're sixteen; your parents probably require you to finish high school. If you're a waiter in a fancy restaurant and the food has been served, you might ask if your customers require anything else.

Definitions of require
  1. verb
    have need of
    synonyms: need, want
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    demand immediate action
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  2. verb
    require as useful, just, or proper
    “success usually requires hard work”
    synonyms: ask, call for, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, take
    claim, exact, take
    take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
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    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
    require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood
    require a specified depth for floating
    require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice
    cry for, cry out for
    need badly or desperately
    necessitate or exact
  3. verb
    consider obligatory; request and expect
    “We require our secretary to be on time”
    synonyms: ask, expect
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    require the presentation of for redemption before maturation
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    request urgently and forcefully
  4. verb
    make someone do something
    synonyms: command
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    burden, charge, saddle
    impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to
    make a formal request for official services
    disallow, forbid, interdict, nix, prohibit, proscribe, veto
    command against
    burden with too much work or responsibility
    bear down
    exert a force or cause a strain upon
    deluge, flood out, overwhelm
    charge someone with too many tasks
    command solemnly
    prohibit especially by legal means or social pressure
    bar, debar, exclude
    prevent from entering; keep out
    issue an injunction
    criminalise, criminalize, illegalise, illegalize, outlaw
    declare illegal; outlaw
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    enjoin, order, say, tell
    give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
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