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necessitate Line breaks: ne¦ces¦si|tate
Pronunciation: /nɪˈsɛsɪteɪt/

Definition of necessitate in English:


[with object]
1Make (something) necessary as a result or consequence: a cut which necessitated eighteen stitches
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.
1.1 [with object and present participle] Make it necessary for (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 'be needful'.

Words that rhyme with necessitate

felicitate • resuscitate
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