What does the word necessitate mean?

Usage examples for necessitate

  1. My method of handling the situation did not necessitate my striking up an acquaintance with the man. – The Secrets of the German War Office by Dr. Armgaard Karl Graves
  2. If that alarm should prevail, he knew that the nation never would be brought by arms to oppose the growth of the Jacobin empire: because it is obvious that war does, in its very nature, necessitate the Commons considerably to strengthen the hands of government; and if that strength should itself be the object of terror, we could have no war. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  3. I have therefore to find a method of doing the work that will not necessitate my cutting through any of those sixteen points. – Amusements in Mathematics by Henry Ernest Dudeney