Definition of requisition in English:


Line breaks: requi|si¦tion
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


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  • 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.
  • 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.
    • These changes shall not however, be binding unless confirmed by the next General Meeting or Extraordinary General Meeting called for the purpose.
    • 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’.
    request, order, call for, apply for, put in a claim for, put in for; demand



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  • 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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