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[rek-wuh-zish-uh n]
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  1. the act of requiring or demanding.
  2. a demand made.
  3. an authoritative or formal demand for something to be done, given, supplied, etc.: The general issued a requisition to the townspeople for eight trucks.
  4. a written request or order for something, as supplies.
  5. the form on which such an order is drawn up.
  6. the state of being required for use or called into service: to put something in requisition.
  7. a requirement or essential condition.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to require or take for use; press into service.
  2. to demand or take, as by authority, for military purposes, public needs, etc.: to requisition supplies.
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Origin of requisition

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin requīsītiōn- (stem of requīsītiō) a searching, equivalent to Latin requīsīt(us) requisite + -iōn- -ion
Related formsreq·ui·si·tion·ar·y, adjectivereq·ui·si·tion·ist, req·ui·si·tion·er, nounnon·req·ui·si·tion, nounun·req·ui·si·tioned, adjective
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Related Words for requisition

request, seizure, summons, appropriation, call, occupation, takeover, claim, buy, require, solicit, demand, challenge, postulate, exact, order

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Historical Examples of requisition

  • Then the whip was brought into requisition, and it was laid on with no light hand.

    Harriet, The Moses of Her People

    Sarah H. Bradford

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for requisition


  1. a request or demand, esp an authoritative or formal one
  2. an official form on which such a demand is made
  3. the act of taking something over, esp temporarily for military or public use in time of emergency
  4. a necessary or essential condition; requisite
  5. a formal request by one government to another for the surrender of a fugitive from justice
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verb (tr)
  1. to demand and take for use or service, esp by military or public authority
  2. (may take an infinitive) to require (someone) formally to do (something)to requisition a soldier to drive a staff officer's car
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Derived Formsrequisitionary, adjective
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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).

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

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