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English definition of “petition”

petition

verb [I or T]     /pəˈtɪʃ.ən/
also specialized law to make a formal request for something, especially in a law court : They're petitioning for/about better facilities for disabled people on public transport . [+ obj + to infinitive ] I think we should petition the government to increase the grant for the project . She is petitioning for a re-trial.Making appeals and requests
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