Definition of necessitate in English:

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Pronunciation: /nəˈsesəˌtāt/


[with object]
1Make (something) necessary as a result or consequence: the severe arthritis eventually necessitated a total hip replacement
More example sentences
  • Inadequate results of psychotherapies have necessitated a search for alternative treatments.
  • These new hours represent a reduction in the library's total open hours necessitated by a reduction in state funds.
  • After a decade of budget cuts necessitated by the Depression, Canada was far from ready to go to war again.
make necessary, entail, involve, mean, require, demand, call for, be grounds for, warrant, constrain, force
1.1 [with object] Force or compel (someone) to do something: the late arrival had necessitated her getting out of bed
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  • The idea of voluntarily signing up for a class that necessitates me spending even more time at the hospital during my off-hours is not enticing, to say the least.
  • He lived nearly all of his life in Rinbane until failing health necessitated him moving to Tubbercurry in recent years.
  • His poor standing in Asia will necessitate him throwing tons of money at Indonesia.


Early 17th century: from medieval Latin necessitat- 'compelled', from the verb necessitare, based on Latin necesse 'needful'.

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Syllabification: ne·ces·si·tate

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