Requisition is a very official-sounding word that usually means "to take or seize." We're sorry that your luxury suite has been requisitioned by the mayor's office. No, we have no idea what he's doing in there.

Requisition looks a little like "request" and, in fact, it comes from the Old French word meaning exactly that. It can still be used that way, like when you make a requisition for a new office desk because the old one has three broken drawers. If a police officer requisitions your car for use in a high speed chase, it will initially require less paperwork.

Definitions of requisition
  1. noun
    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
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    type of:
    an urgent or peremptory request
  2. noun
    an official form on which a request is made
    “first you have to fill out the requisition
    synonyms: requisition form
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    type of:
    a printed document with spaces in which to write
  3. noun
    seizing property that belongs to someone else and holding it until profits pay the demand for which it was seized
    synonyms: sequestration
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    type of:
    a deliberate act of acquisition of something, often without the permission of the owner
  4. verb
    make a formal request for official services
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    type of:
    command, require
    make someone do something
  5. verb
    demand and take for use or service, especially by military or public authority for public service
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    release from government control
    type of:
    arrogate, claim, lay claim
    demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to
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