require etymology

English word require comes from Latin quaerere, Latin re-, Old French (842-ca. 1400) querre (To seek; to search for.)

Detailed word origin of require

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
quaerere Latin (lat)
re- Latin (lat) Again; prefix added to various words to indicate an action being done again, or like the other usages indicated above under English.. Back, backwards.
querre Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) To seek; to search for.
re- Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Re- (again; once more).
requiro Latin (lat) I require, seek, ask for, request, need or miss.
requerre Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) To ask. To attack. To demand, require. To search; to look for.
*requærere Vulgar Latin (la-vul)
require English (eng) (obsolete) To ask (someone) for something; to request. [14th-17thc.]. Naturally to demand (something) as indispensable; to need, to call for as necessary. [from 15thc.]. To demand of (someone) to do something. [from 18thc.]. To demand, to insist upon (having); to call for authoritatively. [from 14thc.].

Words with the same origin as require

Descendants of quaerere
conquer inquiry question questioning request requirement
Descendants of re-
arrest rain reaction receive recognize record regret relationship relax remain remember remove repeat reputation rescue research respect responsibility responsible rest return revolution reward ship