[rek-wuh-zish-uh n]


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for requisitioning

Contemporary Examples of requisitioning

  • They would consider the notion of requisitioning the royal train as absurd.

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    William at Thirty

    Tom Sykes

    June 21, 2012

Historical Examples of requisitioning

  • On the other hand all requisitioning on the part of the Germans was to cease.

    The Franco-German War of 1870-71

    Count Helmuth, von Moltke

  • Requisitioning a clever craftsman in picture-restoring, he submitted the treasure to him.


    Frederick Lawton

  • This officer remained at Korčula, requisitioning houses and hoisting as many Italian flags as he could.

  • "That is why I have my personal sky-buggy all ready to go instead of requisitioning an official vehicle," he said.

    The Big Fix

    George Oliver Smith

  • In requisitioning the $300,000 we had stated that we would call for it piecemeal, as had been our custom in the past.

British Dictionary definitions for requisitioning



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 (tr)

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 Formsrequisitionary, adjective
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Word Origin and History for requisitioning



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.

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