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".

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a brand-new, top-notch computer was the new science teacher's first requisition
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Chula Vista gives immigration officials, others access to license plate reader data," 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, "Wisconsin defendant in Whitmer kidnap plot plans to fight his extradition to Michigan," 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, "Why this Mother’s Day is different," 10 May 2020 Congress could pass requisitions, which were basically requests for money from the states. Lindsay M. Chervinsky, Time, "States Can't Fight Coronavirus on Their Own—And the Founding Fathers Knew It," 6 Apr. 2020 Other powers granted to him by the law -- to requisition materials, ration consumer goods and control consumer credit -- were allowed to lapse in 1953. 2. Sarah Babbage, Fortune, "Defense Production Act: What to know about the law Trump could use to order more ventilators," 26 Mar. 2020 The act initially gave the President short-term use of wide-ranging powers from the requisition of property, material and facilities to the ability to place ceilings on wages and prices. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The U.S. Government Has Mobilized Private Companies to Face Crises Before. Here’s What to Know," 24 Mar. 2020 Some hospital workers also went on strike, though public hospitals requisition workers during strikes to ensure essential medical care. Washington Post, "Voting with their feet: French march against pension reforms," 10 Dec. 2019 The nationalisation of Aramco from 1973 to 1981 was part of a wave of requisitions that swept oilfields from Venezuela to Malaysia. The Economist, "Aramco is both the oil sector’s Goliath and a firm vexed by problems," 31 Oct. 2019

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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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