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[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
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  • All of the courts were in constant requisition and a number of well-played sets delighted the large number of invited guests.
  • He had to write a special requisition order to get it, he said.
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  • The police had to requisition several buses to take away the protesters, who were arrested for blocking entrances to the clinics.
  • The foray was of the type known in the military as a midnight requisition.
  • The continuous requisition for land to build homes, and stretching, concrete pavement that once was farmland.
  • As commander of the company he made a requisition upon the quartermaster--himself--for something he wanted.
  • Use this procedure to add contract items to a new or existing requisition.
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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
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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).


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

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