Definition of requisition in English:



  • 1An official order laying claim to the use of property or materials.

    ‘I had to make various requisitions for staff and accommodation’
    • ‘Tanj grinned back at him; ‘Oh, its simple, really; all you have to do is submit a requisition for my time, in triplicate, justifying the need, and get Jenka to sign it.’’
    • ‘As organisations look to reduce cost and increase responsiveness, the ability for customers to view their own account records or for employees to process HR requisitions, for example, will offer huge benefits.’
    • ‘The application needed to be built quickly and cheaply because constraints in the purchasing and tenuous acquisition processes ruled out any new requisitions until the beginning of the next fiscal quarter.’
    • ‘One of the first industrial requisitions was that of the textile factory Bellavista Tome.’
    • ‘Hastily organized units soon bombarded the War Department for requisitions and instructions; with limited resources, the government could not provide the necessary arms and accoutrements for its troops.’
    • ‘Even though the company plans to hire 4,500 people worldwide this quarter, ‘I still approve every requisition in the company for head count,’ he says.’
    • ‘‘Got more requisitions for the captain to sign,’ he replied.’
    • ‘The ability of Forward Support Battalions to electronically pass and track supply requisitions cannot be overstated.’
    • ‘Orders on the factory and material requisitions were issued to foremen, transfers between departments and into store were all recorded.’
    • ‘Thanks to e-procurement, the turnaround time for approving purchase requisitions is down from 2 weeks to 24 hours.’
    • ‘The Agency received a 1 per cent commission for handling such requisitions, which, owing to their size and their uniformity and low attendant processing costs, were highly profitable.’
    • ‘Perhaps a more appropriate figure to compare to the experimental data percentages would be the percent of all state legislators who voted to fully fund the requisitions.’
    • ‘Many missions require you to use a specific plane so always keep some extra requisitions handy for some last minute upgrades.’
    • ‘He actually apologized for the delay in the last requisition.’
    • ‘The chaos of the past has given way to an ordered structure where if you want to get a pen, you have to fill in a stationery requisition form in triplicate.’
    • ‘Without revenue, except for meager voluntary state requisitions, Congress could not even pay the interest on its outstanding debt.’
    • ‘The number of requisitions depends on your ability to fulfill both primary and secondary objectives of each mission.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Your explanation about repair requisitions and material transfers was an excellent cover.’
    • ‘They tell me I have to send a work requisition and that they are going to mail me the form.’
    order, purchase order, request, call, application
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    1. 1.1 A 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’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2Law A demand to the vendor of a property for the official search relating to the title.
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3mass 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
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[with object]
  • 1Demand the use or supply of (something) by official order.

    ‘the government had assumed powers to requisition cereal products at fixed prices’
    • ‘The government stopped its policy of requisitioning the peasants' entire crop and instead began to take only what was needed to meet the minimum requirements of the army and urban workers.’
    • ‘Alicia, I hate to do this to you after all the work you did to requisition those spare cots for our refugees, but it turns out we won't need them.’
    • ‘In their zone of occupation in the Pfalz, the French requisitioned wine on a grand scale.’
    • ‘As he cycled the inner lock I said, ‘Kusaa, if you be good enough to requisition the supplies, we'll clean up a bit.’’
    • ‘I've requisitioned more oil from Cosh, and expect wagons any day.’
    • ‘We can't requisition information with no grounds but we expect the firms to reply.’
    • ‘Unlike Finley, who chastised Tripler for not following proper procedures in requisitioning hospital buildings, Hammond did not obstruct Letterman's end-run around the War Department to organize an ambulance corps.’
    • ‘She could requisition the songs, let the songwriters do their work, she could come in with her lyrics and sing as extraordinarily as ever and poof!’
    • ‘Mehmetçik escapes from a forced labour battalion and becomes a famous bandit, while Adulhamid Hodja dies of a broken heart when soldiers requisition his horse.’
    • ‘Parker's probably requisitioning a car as we speak.’
    • ‘Arranged in a crescent, the charges tore up the ground in huge trenches; Leral had requisitioned the highest-grade powder Gratze had, and this night, it had worked to satisfaction.’
    • ‘The soldiers were requisitioning things left and right, not good for an occupying army.’
    • ‘It was a German military vehicle, and Ava assumed that some Americans had requisitioned it and were out on a joyride.’
    • ‘These points serve as currency for requisitioning units and calling for fire support.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On 28 July 1914, with the black wrack of imminent war rolling in from the east, Churchill requisitioned them both for the Royal Navy.’
    • ‘The Red Army requisitioned all foodstuff it could lay its hands on for its own use, as well as for shipping it back home - without any regard for the starving local population.’
    • ‘Where a sewer is requisitioned, the sewerage undertaker may require contribution to the cost from the person requisitioning the sewer.’
    • ‘When you requisition those parts for a ship or something I thought it was something for a science project.’
    • ‘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
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    1. 1.1 Demand the performance or occurrence of.
      ‘a stakeholder has requisitioned an extraordinary general meeting’
      • ‘Requisitioning a meeting requires a higher level of shareholder support.’
      • ‘Besides the rights which you enjoy as an individual shareholder, you also enjoy the rights to requisition an Extraordinary General Meeting.’
      • ‘Who was the genius who requisitioned a poll?’
      • ‘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
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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.