Definition of necessitate in English:



  • 1 Make (something) necessary as a result or consequence.

    ‘a cut which necessitated eighteen stitches’
    • ‘After a decade of budget cuts necessitated by the Depression, Canada was far from ready to go to war again.’
    • ‘Construction work next to it had necessitated the termination of the electricity supply.’
    • ‘Indeed it was these difficulties that necessitated the premature termination of the study.’
    • ‘These new hours represent a reduction in the library's total open hours necessitated by a reduction in state funds.’
    • ‘Later an infection necessitated the amputation of his good leg.’
    • ‘Such requirements necessitate frequent contact between the patient and physician for re-evaluation and prescription renewal.’
    • ‘Renal dysfunction and cough necessitate discontinuation of therapy in less than 10 percent of patients.’
    • ‘The relapse rate after cardioversion is high and often necessitates the use of antiarrhythmic treatment.’
    • ‘Large-scale industrialization necessitated a vast labor force, and the city attracted one.’
    • ‘But fresh fighting erupted again early this month, necessitating a review of the pact.’
    • ‘Global expansion had also necessitated major changes to its management into a more complex structure.’
    • ‘We know that social development often necessitates changes of both viewpoint and behaviour.’
    • ‘Correction of vascular disease is important as it's the only factor in itself which will necessitate foot amputation.’
    • ‘Having to replace a motherboard usually necessitates a long-winded process of reinstalling an OS, programs and data.’
    • ‘Clearly, the ability to imprint DNA does not necessitate its use in development.’
    • ‘Such modifications need not necessitate wholesale institutional change and they need not await the revision of a competencies list.’
    • ‘The appearance of two demanding babies necessitated a change in Cave's working methods.’
    • ‘The variety of funding sources also necessitates a range of interactions between agencies and researchers.’
    • ‘Inadequate results of psychotherapies have necessitated a search for alternative treatments.’
    • ‘They can occasionally become quite large and tender when infected, necessitating surgical removal.’
    make necessary, require, need, demand, call for
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    1. 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’
      • ‘The realignment of track two necessitated them cutting the corner off of the old center island platform.’
      • ‘He lived nearly all of his life in Rinbane until failing health necessitated him moving to Tubbercurry in recent years.’
      • ‘Probably there are things that necessitate you getting away from the norm.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There could be any old report coming along after this election which will necessitate you raising taxes again.’
      • ‘My son suffered an accident at school resulting in him breaking his wrist in 3 places & necessitating him having surgery.’
      • ‘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.