Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “petition”

petition

noun [C]    /pəˈtɪʃ·ən/
a document signed by a large number of people requesting some action from the government or another authority, or law a formal letter to a court of law requesting a particular legal action: More than 2000 people signed a petition to protect a wildlife area from development. law She’s filing a petition for divorce. petition    /pəˈtɪʃ·ən/ verb [I/T] [T] They plan to petition the governor to increase funding for the project.
(Definition of petition noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of petition

Definitions of “petition” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cruise

a journey on a large ship for pleasure, during which you visit several places

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More