req·​ui·​si·​tion | \ ˌre-kwə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce requisition (audio) \

Definition of requisition

1a : the act of formally requiring or calling upon someone to perform an action
b : a formal demand made by one nation upon another for the surrender or extradition of a fugitive from justice
2a : the act of requiring something to be furnished
b : a demand or application made usually with authority: such as
(1) : a demand made by military authorities upon civilians for supplies or other needs
(2) : a written request for something authorized but not made available automatically
3 : the state of being in demand or use

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Requisition was originally a noun but is now probably more common as a verb. So we either can speak of sending our office's purchasing department a requisition for computers, or of requisitioning more computers from the department. The word has an official sound to it. However, one of Hollywood's bittersweet love stories begins when Omar Sharif, playing a World War II freedom fighter, says to Ingrid Bergman, who is the owner of a stately old yellow Rolls Royce, "I've come to requisition your car".

Examples of requisition in a Sentence

a brand-new, top-notch computer was the new science teacher's first requisition
Recent Examples on the Web Interview training is a must for companies to equip hiring managers with the ability to look beyond just the skills needed for an open requisition to also ensure the candidate aligns with the organization’s values. Sherika Epko, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Time to hire: This is the time from the search kickoff to accepted offer and includes hours spent on each requisition. Vikram Ahuja, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 Replacing a broken office printer needs a requisition form approved by a manager. Roger Dooley, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 The formal requisition process began with a November request for qualifications, proceeded with a request for proposals and resulted in two bids. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Mar. 2021 Department are required to follow procurement guidelines, and his staff review the requisition and approve if the department has followed those rules, Bilby added. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Dec. 2020 Since Higgins was arrested last month, Whitmer signed on Nov. 9 a document required for extradition called a requisition for rendition. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, 18 Nov. 2020 For mothers with all their hats -- requisition and inventory officer, accountant, staff sergeant, teacher, coach, shrink, healer, chaplain, chef, dishwasher, shaman, farmer, artist, employee and boss. John Archibald |, al, 10 May 2020 Congress could pass requisitions, which were basically requests for money from the states. Lindsay M. Chervinsky, Time, 6 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of requisition

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for requisition

Middle English requisicion, from Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French requisition, from Medieval Latin requisition-, requisitio, from Latin, act of searching, from requirere

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req·​ui·​si·​tion | \ ˌre-kwə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce requisition (audio) \

Legal Definition of requisition

1 : the taking of property by a public authority for a public use : the exercise of the power of eminent domain
2 : a formal demand made by one international jurisdiction (as a nation) upon another for the surrender or extradition of a fugitive from justice in accordance with an extradition treaty

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