Definition of “petition” - English Dictionary

(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 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
verb [ I/T ] us /pəˈtɪʃ·ən/

[ T ] They plan to petition the governor to increase funding for the project.

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“petition” in Business English

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petitionnoun [ C ]

uk /pəˈtɪʃən/ us

POLITICS a document signed by a large number of people asking 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 formal letter to a court of law asking for a particular decision:

They had filed a petition in federal court on behalf of the detainees.

petitionverb [ I or T ]

uk /pəˈtɪʃən/ us

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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)