Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[rek-wuh-zish-uh n] /ˌrɛk wəˈzɪʃ ən/
the act of requiring or demanding.
a demand made.
an authoritative or formal demand for something to be done, given, supplied, etc.:
The general issued a requisition to the townspeople for eight trucks.
a written request or order for something, as supplies.
the form on which such an order is drawn up.
the state of being required for use or called into service:
to put something in requisition.
a requirement or essential condition.
verb (used with object)
to require or take for use; press into service.
to demand or take, as by authority, for military purposes, public needs, etc.:
to requisition supplies.
Origin of requisition
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin requīsītiōn- (stem of requīsītiō) a searching, equivalent to Latin requīsīt(us) requisite + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
requisitionary, adjective
requisitionist, requisitioner, noun
nonrequisition, noun
unrequisitioned, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for requisition
Historical Examples
  • Then the whip was brought into requisition, and it was laid on with no light hand.

  • He became thoughtful again, and the toothpick was in requisition.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Hold Kerr, he requested the police; requisition would be made for him.

  • Captain, I'd like to put in a requisition for ten tons of fuel.

    Death Wish Robert Sheckley
  • The midwife sent me a requisition yesterday by her counsel, Vauversin.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • It contained nothing but a requisition for twenty head of cattle.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Edgar's services as an interpreter were again called into requisition.

    At Aboukir and Acre George Alfred Henty
  • In this emergency Rabbi Winenki's eloquence was brought into requisition.

    Rabbi and Priest

    Milton Goldsmith
  • They had to send south for a requisition from the Governor of Georgia.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • But the court was satisfied with the evidence, and the governor complied with the requisition.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for requisition


a request or demand, esp an authoritative or formal one
an official form on which such a demand is made
the act of taking something over, esp temporarily for military or public use in time of emergency
a necessary or essential condition; requisite
a formal request by one government to another for the surrender of a fugitive from justice
verb (transitive)
to demand and take for use or service, esp by military or public authority
(may take an infinitive) to require (someone) formally to do (something): to requisition a soldier to drive a staff officer's car
Derived Forms
requisitionary, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for requisition

c.1400, from Old French requisicion (12c.) and directly from Medieval Latin requisitionem (nominative requisitio) "a searching," from past participle stem of requirere (see require).


1837, from requisition (n.). Related: Requisitioned; requisitioning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for requisition

Word Value for requisition

Scrabble Words With Friends