The Latin root is ques or qui as seen in words like question, quest, inquiry, and quiz. Very related to this Latin root is the root quearere, which seems to have a fair amount of influence on the word require. The other word that jumps to my attention is request.
verb cause to be necessary. (Google)
verb (which has been nounified)
to politely ask for. (Google)
What purpose does the prefix re- serve here? Seeing as both these words a derived from Latin, I would assume the re- prefix follow along the line of:
back again, or again and again, or withdraw
However, quearere generally means to seek and quest means to search for something, so shouldn’t require loosely translate to search again, search for a long time, or stop searching?
Why is it a request the first time I ask for something instead of the second time I go search for something?
If I requiz someone, I am most certainly quizing them again.
If I make a reinquiry, I would undoubtedly be asking again the same as if I were to requestion someone.
Can someone bring some insight to the way the prefix re- is being used here?