req·ui·si·tion | \ˌre-kwə-ˈzi-shən \

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 transitive verb

Synonyms for requisition


claim, demand, dun, importunity, ultimatum

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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

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The process of moving supplies to England was gauged by the general timetable, radioed requisitions from supply officers in England, and the availability of ships. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2017 The $2,000 requisition form carries the signatures of BJCTA finance director Karen Jacobs and Sellers. Roy S. Johnson,, "Suspended BJCTA executive director received $20,000 for 'relocation expenses' in 2016," 26 Apr. 2018 Roles can vary depending on the size of the company but duties generally include budgeting and determining vendors and suppliers, reviewing inventory, tracking orders, and processing purchase orders and requisitions. Daniel Bortz, Fortune, "These Are the 10 Best Industries for Job Satisfaction," 29 Sep. 2017 When work is done, your laptop sits on a matte black perch, high above the requisition forms and time cards. Carley Knobloch, USA TODAY, "20 beautiful things that will help you clean and organize your home this fall," 25 Sep. 2017 The troupe of players Hamlet requisitions is accompanied by an onstage accordionist, for a sound appropriately rustic yet prickly. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "‘Hamlet,’ a New Opera, Makes Shakespeare Strange," 30 June 2017 If more materials are needed, submit a requisition to your local provider, which has that secret discretionary account from all those monthly surcharges for those who add extra regional sports channels. Orange County Register, "Adding Chargers into the L.A. NFL mix will create a ratings nightmare," 7 Jan. 2017 LONDON — For hundreds of years, the royal prerogative has allowed Britain’s leaders to mint coinage, requisition ships, send troops into battle or authorize the mining of precious metals. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "2 Months After ‘Brexit’ Vote, Britain’s Push to Leave E.U. Is a Muddle AUG. 31, 2016," 16 Oct. 2016 Site office managers will eventually be able to enter requisitions through the online portal and the approvals process will lead back to Evans’ office for purchasing. Matt Sanderson, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Moody’s upgrades bond rating for La Cañada schools," 19 Apr. 2017

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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 \

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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