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2 definitions found
 for necessitate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Necessitate \Ne*ces"si*tate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Necessitated; p. pr. & vb. n. Necessitating.] [Cf. L.
     necessitatus, p. p. of necessitare, and F. n['e]cessiter. See
     Necessity.]
     1. To make necessary or indispensable; to render unavoidable.
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              Sickness [might] necessitate his removal from the
              court.                                --South.
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              This fact necessitates a second line. --J. Peile.
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     2. To reduce to the necessity of; to force; to compel.
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              The Marquis of Newcastle, being pressed on both
              sides, was necessitated to draw all his army into
              York.                                 --Clarendon.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  necessitate
      v 1: require as useful, just, or proper; "It takes nerve to do
           what she did"; "success usually requires hard work"; "This
           job asks a lot of patience and skill"; "This position
           demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; "This dinner calls
           for a spectacular dessert"; "This intervention does not
           postulate a patient's consent" [syn: necessitate, ask,
           postulate, need, require, take, involve, call
           for, demand] [ant: eliminate, obviate, rid of]
      2: cause to be a concomitant

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