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Definition of petition verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they petition
    he / she / it petitions
    past simple petitioned
    -ing form petitioning
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to make a formal request to someone in authority, especially by sending them a petition petition for/against something Local residents have successfully petitioned against prison building in their area. petition somebody/something (for something) The group intends to petition Congress for reform of the law. petition somebody/something to do something Parents petitioned the school to review its admissions 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
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