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  1. pe·ti·tion
    IPA[pəˈtiSH(ə)n]
  2. noun

    • 1. a formal written request, typically one signed by many people, appealing to authority with respect to a particular cause:

      she was asked to sign a petition against plans to build on the local playing fields
      Synonym : appeal, round robin, list of signatures/protesters
    • 2. an appeal or request, especially a solemn or humble one to a deity or a superior:

      a steady stream of petitions to Allah were audible
    • 3. an application to a court for a writ, judicial action in a suit, etc.:

      a divorce petition

    verb

    • 1. make or present a formal request to (an authority) with respect to a particular cause:

      Americans who moved west petitioned Congress for admission to the Union as states leaders petitioned the government to hold free elections soon
    • 2. make a solemn or humble appeal to (a figure of authority):

      Russell petitioned her father for her hand in marriage
    • 3. make a formal application to (a court) for a writ, judicial action in a suit, etc.:

      the custodial parent petitioned the court for payment of the arrears the process allows both spouses to jointly petition for divorce
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: petition, plural noun: petitions

    • v.: verb: petition, 3rd person present: petitions, gerund or present participle: petitioning, past tense: petitioned, past participle: petitioned

    • noun

      a formal written request, typically one signed by many people, appealing to authority in respect of a particular cause:

      an appeal or request to a deity or a superior:

    • verb

      present a petition to (an authority) in respect of a particular cause:

      make an appeal to (a deity or superior):

    • noun

      a parliamentary declaration of rights and liberties of the people assented to by Charles I in 1628.

      a common-law remedy against the Crown for the recovery of property.

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