Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A formal written request for something needed.
  • n. A necessity; a requirement.
  • n. The state or condition of being needed or put into service.
  • n. Law A formal request of one government to another demanding the return of a criminal or fugitive.
  • transitive v. To demand, as for military needs.
  • transitive v. To make demands of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A request for something, especially a formal written request on a pre-printed form.
  • n. A requirement.
  • v. To demand something, especially for a military need of personnel, supplies or transport.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of requiring, as of right; a demand or application made as by authority.
  • n. A formal demand made by one state or government upon another for the surrender or extradition of a fugitive from justice.
  • n. A notarial demand of a debt.
  • n. A demand by the invader upon the people of an invaded country for supplies, as of provision, forage, transportation, etc.
  • n. A formal application by one officer to another for things needed in the public service.
  • n. That which is required by authority; especially, a quota of supplies or necessaries.
  • n. A written or normal call; an invitation; a summons.
  • transitive v. To make a reqisition on or for.
  • transitive v. To present a requisition to; to summon request.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a requisition or demand upon: as, to requisition a community for the support of troops.
  • To demand, as for the use of an army or the public service; also, to get on demanding; seize.
  • To present a requisition or request to: as, to requisition a person to become a candidate for a seat in Parliament.
  • n. The act of requiring; demand; specifically, the demand made by one state upon another for the giving up of a fugitive from law; also, an authoritative demand or official request for a supply of necessaries, as for a military or naval force: a levying of necessaries by hostile troops from the people in whose country they are.
  • n. In Scots law, a demand made by a creditor that a debt be paid or an obligation fulfilled.
  • n. A written call or invitation: as, a requisition for a public meeting.
  • n. The state of being required or desired; request; demand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. seizing property that belongs to someone else and holding it until profits pay the demand for which it was seized
  • v. make a formal request for official services
  • n. the act of requiring; an authoritative request or demand, especially by a military or public authority that takes something over (usually temporarily) for military or public use
  • n. an official form on which a request in made
  • v. demand and take for use or service, especially by military or public authority for public service

Etymologies

Latin. Surface analysis is requisite +‎ -tion. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Director of Selective Service shall, upon receipt of a special call or requisition from the Secretary of Defense, allocate such call or requisition among the several States.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 10167

  • The Director of Selective Service shall, upon receipt of a call or requisition from the Secretary of Defense, allocate such call or requisition among the several States.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 10001

  • We were situated nearly two miles from the village church, and, consequently, the family carriage was put in requisition every Sunday morning, and sometimes oftener.

    Agnes Grey

  • And from hence, a hundred years ago, the Indian took away the same articles as are in requisition to-day, except that the make of guns has changed, although powder and ball are still used instead of cartridges.

    Janey Canuck in the West

  • Scouts and a litter were soon in requisition, and the official examination resulted in the verdict he had foreseen: death from that type of plague which lays a sudden grasp on the breaking heart ....

    Love and Life Behind the Purdah

  • Whilst the people who came running to see what was the matter were going about looking for 'eau de Cologne' and 'smelling-salts,' and all the things in requisition at such times, the sister who had been asleep chanced to look towards the press, and saw the head of a woman, without eyes, grinning and nodding at her; she was clothed in grey.

    Selections from the Letters of Geraldine Endsor Jewsbury to Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • But Fleda represented that the services of Philetus were just then in requisition, and that there would be no sap brought home till to-morrow.

    Queechy

  • I have put all my friends in requisition to do something for this man; his name I could not make out, it is either Soutet or Boutet. nothing would give me more pleasure than the procuring him his exchange, or even receiving him here if he can get out upon parole.

    Letter 231

  • The resignation of the MP is compelled by a legally binding "requisition" - not a supplicatory "petition" - which starts with words along these line::

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Robert Southey to Horace Walpole Bedford, 12 June 1796 ⁠ * Experience is the Mother of Wisdom — I have been married to Experience nearly two years, & if little Wisdom be not come yet the connection will be a barren one. of every event that has occurred to me I think I can behold the optimism, nothing less than the disappointment of my most ardent wishes, & the villainy of the man I most trusted could have mellowed down that enthusiasm of disposition almost tottering on frenzy. nor should I have known what my own mind is capable of, if all its energies had not been put in requisition by the omnipotence of Necessity. when I left you in London my hopes were centred in the wilds of America.

    Letter 160

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