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petition

verb [I or T]
 
 
/pəˈtɪʃən/
LAW to make a formal request for a decision or action, especially from a court of law: He could have petitioned for the appeals court to consider his request. The company has petitioned the organization to keep details of the new phone secret.
POLITICS to sign a document with large numbers of other people asking 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 verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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