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"petition" in British English

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petitionnoun [C]

uk   us   /pəˈtɪʃ.ən/
a ​documentsigned by a ​largenumber of ​peopledemanding or ​asking for some ​action from the ​government or another ​authority: I ​signed a petition against the ​proposedclosure of the ​localhospital today. specialized law a ​formalletter to a ​lawcourtasking for a ​particularlegalaction: She's filing a petition fordivorce.

petitionverb [I or T]

uk   us   /pəˈtɪʃ.ən/
also specialized law to make a ​formalrequest for something, ​especially in a ​lawcourt: They're petitioning for/aboutbetterfacilities for ​disabledpeople. [+ obj + to infinitive ] I ​think we should petition the ​government toincrease the ​grant for the ​project. She is petitioning for a re-trial.
(Definition of petition from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"petition" in American English

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petitionnoun [C]

 us   /pəˈtɪʃ·ən/
a ​documentsigned by a ​largenumber of ​people requesting some ​action from the ​government or another ​authority, or law a ​formalletter to a ​court of ​law requesting a ​particularlegalaction: More than 2000 ​peoplesigned a petition to ​protect a ​wildlifearea from ​development. law She’s ​filing a petition for ​divorce.
petition
verb [I/T]  us   /pəˈtɪʃ·ən/
[T] They ​plan to petition the ​governor to ​increasefunding for the ​project.
(Definition of petition from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"petition" in Business English

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petitionnoun [C]

uk   us   /pəˈtɪʃən/
POLITICS a ​documentsigned by a large ​number of ​peopleasking the ​government or ​authorities to do something or not to do something: a petition against/for sth Trade ​unions have ​started a petition against the ​merger.
LAW a ​formalletter to a ​court of ​lawasking for a particular decision: They had filed a petition in ​federalcourt on behalf of the detainees.

petitionverb [I or T]

uk   us   /pəˈtɪʃən/
LAW to make a ​formalrequest for a decision or ​action, especially from a ​court of ​law: He could have petitioned for the ​appealscourt to consider his ​request. The ​company has petitioned the ​organization to ​keep details of the new ​phonesecret.
POLITICS to ​sign a ​document with large ​numbers of other ​peopleasking the ​government or ​authorities to do something or not to do something: petition for/against sth Local ​people petitioned against the ​closure of the hospital.
(Definition of petition from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“petition” in British English

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