Definition of requisition in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌrɛkwɪˈzɪʃ(ə)n/


1An official order laying claim to the use of property or materials: I had to make various requisitions for staff and accommodation
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  • Orders on the factory and material requisitions were issued to foremen, transfers between departments and into store were all recorded.
  • Your explanation about repair requisitions and material transfers was an excellent cover.
  • In the prior process, you had to staff a whole purchasing department and send a requisition in to them, and you'd bring in too much invariably because you had to stock up on materials.
order, purchase order, request, call, application;
claim, demand, summons;
British  indent
1.1A formal written demand that something should be performed or put into operation: requisitions for an Extraordinary General Meeting must state the business to be transacted
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  • Further the plaintiff requisitioned a Certificate of Stay to be issued by the Registrar despite the fact that this case was not one for which an automatic stay could be issued.
1.2 (also requisition on title) Law A demand to the vendor of a property for the official search relating to the title.
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  • If he had found out, would that have founded a proper requisition on title?
  • It would not strictly be a requisition on title, I would not think, but sometimes requisitions go to matters customarily that do not really relate to title.
  • It would ordinarily be the subject of requisition on title and the obligation of the purchaser to satisfy himself/herself of the identity of that which it is proposed to convey with the title that is to be conveyed.
1.3 [mass noun] The appropriation of goods for military or public use: requisition of grain at the point of a gun proved a novel experience for the peasantry
appropriation, commandeering, possession, takeover, taking over, occupation;
seizure, confiscation, expropriation, sequestration


[with object]
1Demand the use or supply of (something) by official order: the government had assumed powers to requisition cereal products at fixed prices
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  • To support the larger number of troops, the state mobilized the wherewithal of war as never before, requisitioning food, material, and labour to supply its armies.
  • It was a German military vehicle, and Ava assumed that some Americans had requisitioned it and were out on a joyride.
  • We've also requisitioned every watt of power within the city to power the positron cannon.
commandeer, appropriate, take, take over, take possession of, occupy;
seize, confiscate, expropriate, sequestrate, sequester
1.1Demand the performance or occurrence of: a stakeholder has requisitioned an extraordinary general meeting
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  • Besides the rights which you enjoy as an individual shareholder, you also enjoy the rights to requisition an Extraordinary General Meeting.
  • He also aspired to the role of executioner, warning McLoughlin that if he was not gone in three months he would requisition a shareholders’ meeting to remove him ‘unceremoniously’.
  • Requisitioning a meeting requires a higher level of shareholder support.
request, order, call for, apply for, put in a claim for, put in for;



Example sentences
  • Many peasants were hanged, either to encourage the others or because the requisitioners were convinced that they had hidden their grain (sometimes they had but more often they had not).
  • The requisitioner has to contribute towards the cost of the public sewer.


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  • From what we have heard to date, our shareholders, aside from the three institutional requisitionists, overwhelmingly take a dim view of Henderson's proposals and support the board's proposals.
  • The issue Ms Smith conspicuously fails to address is whether her non-disclosure of the fact that her partner was one of the requisitionists for the meeting was a breach of company policy.


Late Middle English (as a noun in the sense 'request, demand'): from Old French, or from Latin requisitio(n-), from requirere 'search for' (see require). The verb dates from the mid 19th century.

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