Definition of petition verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    petition

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pəˈtɪʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈtɪʃn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they petition
    BrE BrE//pəˈtɪʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈtɪʃn//
     
    he / she / it petitions
    BrE BrE//pəˈtɪʃnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈtɪʃnz//
     
    past simple petitioned
    BrE BrE//pəˈtɪʃnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈtɪʃnd//
     
    past participle petitioned
    BrE BrE//pəˈtɪʃnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈtɪʃnd//
     
    -ing form petitioning
    BrE BrE//pəˈtɪʃnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈtɪʃnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to make a formal request to somebody in authority, especially by sending them a petition petition for/against something Local residents have successfully petitioned against the siting of a prison in their area. petition somebody/something (for something) The group intends to petition Parliament for reform of the law. petition somebody/something to do something Parents petitioned the school to review its admission policy.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] petition (somebody) (for something) | petition somebody/something to do something to formally ask for something in court to petition for divorce
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Latin petitio(n-), from petit- ‘aimed at, sought, laid claim to’, from the verb petere.Extra examples His wife petitioned for divorce in 1997. Local residents have successfully petitioned against the proposals. Parents petitioned the school to review its admissions policy. The group intends to petition the governor for reform of the law.
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