Definition of requisition in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌrekwəˈziSH(ə)n/


1An official order laying claim to the use of property or materials: I had to make various requisitions for staff and accommodations
More example sentences
  • 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, request, call, application, claim, demand
1.1A formal written demand that some duty should be performed or something be put into operation.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.2The appropriation of goods, especially for military or public use.
appropriation, commandeering, seizure, confiscation, expropriation


[with object]
1Demand the use or supply of, especially by official order and for military or public use: 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 over, take possession of, occupy, seize, confiscate, expropriate
1.1Demand the performance or occurrence of: one of the investors has requisitioned a special 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, demand



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.


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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Syllabification: req·ui·si·tion

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