Meaning of “requirement” in the English Dictionary

"requirement" in British English

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requirementnoun [ C ]

uk /rɪˈkwaɪə.mənt/ us /rɪˈkwaɪr.mənt/

B2 something that you must do, or something you need:

A good degree is a minimum requirement for many jobs.
[ + that ] It is a legal requirement that you have insurance for your car.
Students who fail to meet the requirements (of the course) will fail.

More examples

  • There is a residency requirement for obtaining citizenship.
  • The government estimates that its borrowing requirement this year could reach £150 billion, subject to a wide margin of error.
  • Do you have any special dietary requirements?
  • One of the requirements of the job is fluency in two or more African languages.
  • We haven't yet been able to find a house that meets our requirements.

(Definition of “requirement” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"requirement" in American English

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requirementnoun [ C ]

us /rɪˈkwɑɪər·mənt/

something needed or necessary:

Previous experience is one of the requirements for the job.

(Definition of “requirement” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"requirement" in Business English

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requirementnoun [ C ]

uk /rɪˈkwaɪəmənt/ us

[ usually plural ] what is wanted or needed by someone:

I've been asked to estimate our budget requirements for next year.
meet/suit sb's requirements The design has been adapted to meet customer requirements.

an official rule about something that it is necessary to have or to do:

I am afraid the safety system fails to meet minimum requirements.
It is a requirement that an announcement be made at each stage of any possible venture.
a legal/necessary requirement
a visa/work/graduation requirement
be surplus to requirements

if someone or something is surplus to requirements, they are not needed:

The company have said 3,000 managers are surplus to requirements.

(Definition of “requirement” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)