require (something) of (someone or something)

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require (something) of (someone or something)

To have a necessity or requisite provided by someone or something. Typically used when the required thing is vague or unspecified ("from" is more often used after "require" when the thing is specified). There are a few things we require of you before we can begin processing your information. We're still a little unclear as to what is required of us in this arrangement.
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require something of someone

to expect or demand someone to give or do something. I require absolute loyalty of my employees. What is required of me in this job?
See also: of, require
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The landlady, a motherly body, of visible excellence, was surprised indeed at receiving an application for the winter months; but I have generally found that the title of "author," claimed with an air, explains every little innocent irregularity of conduct or appearance, and even requires something of the kind to carry conviction to the lay intelligence.
SO much has happened at Wasps - almost all of which has been overwhelmingly positive - since Joe Simpson last donned the black-and-gold in anger, recalling what happened to the likeable scrum half requires something of an effort.
Never preachy, but never underestimating the personal responsibility of our choices, Butterfly requires something of the listener.
BACKING Blonde Fern in tonight's pounds 10,000 williamhill.com Blue Riband final over 480m at Hall Green (9.45, live on Sky Sports 3) requires something of a leap of faith given defeats in both heat and semi, but she still appeals as the value option and can credit trainer Tony Dean with a breakthrough success.
Stablemate Willie John Daly is next best in on the strength of his short- head beating of Desailly in December, but he lost his way thereafter and it requires something of a leap of faith to support him.
It requires something of an act of faith to oppose Sorenstam.