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verb [intransitive/transitive] petition pronunciation in British English /pəˈtɪʃ(ə)n/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepetitioning
past tensepetitioned
past participlepetitioned

Related meanings

  1. 1
    to ask someone in authority to do something using a petition
    petition someone to do something:

    Parents have petitioned the council to keep the school open.

    petition against/for:

    We intend to petition for a change in the law.

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  2. 2
    legal to give a court an official document in which you ask it to take legal action
    petition for:

    Mrs Hall announced that she was petitioning for a divorce.

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  3. 3
    formal to ask God or someone such as a king for something
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