petition

noun
pe·​ti·​tion | \ pə-ˈti-shən How to pronounce petition (audio) \

Definition of petition

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an earnest request : entreaty
2a : a formal written request made to an official person or organized body (such as a court)
b : a document embodying such a formal written request
3 : something asked or requested

petition

verb
petitioned; petitioning\ pə-​ˈti-​sh(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce petitioning (audio) \

Definition of petition (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make a request to : solicit

intransitive verb

: to make a request especially : to make a formal written request

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Other Words from petition

Noun

petitionary \ pə-​ˈti-​shə-​ˌner-​ē How to pronounce petitionary (audio) \ adjective

Verb

petitioner \ pə-​ˈti-​sh(ə-​)nər How to pronounce petitioner (audio) \ noun

Examples of petition in a Sentence

Noun

They collected 2,000 signatures on a petition demanding that women be allowed to join the club. Would you like to sign our petition? We presented a petition to the legislature to change the law. She filed a petition for divorce. We ask you to hear our petition.

Verb

The organization petitioned the government to investigate the issue. All people had the right to petition the king for help. She petitioned to join their club.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Telescope opponents last week filed another petition in court, saying the project must post a security bond equivalent to the construction contract cost before starting to build. NBC News, "Telescope viewing suspended as protesters block Hawaii road," 17 July 2019 Earlier this month, Espinal filed a petition in Johnson County District Court that would establish Hill’s paternity of her newborn twins. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "How Will Roger Goodell Handle Tyreek Hill Situation as NFL Nears Decision?," 15 July 2019 At first, the district appeared adamant that the remains should be moved to the nearby Old Imperial Farm Cemetery and filed a court petition in November . Brooke A. Lewis, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend leaders approve 95 remains agreement; school district offers $1 million for memorial," 12 July 2019 Immediately, the couple started the process of getting their son back under the guidance of their legal team, which filed a habeas corpus petition in family court, the complaint says. Giulia Mcdonnell Nieto Del Rio, latimes.com, "Couple says their embryo was implanted into wrong woman. They had to fight to get their son," 11 July 2019 Araoz has filed a petition and has announced her intention to file a lawsuit against Epstein. Alanne Orjoux, CNN, "New alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein says he raped her when she was 15," 10 July 2019 Araoz has filed a petition and has announced her intention to file a lawsuit against Epstein. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Woman says she was 15 when Jeffrey Epstein raped her," 10 July 2019 Instead, their attorney filed a simple name-change petition with the county Probate Court for $2 plus court costs. Jim Sterba, WSJ, "I’m Jim Sterba, and So Is He," 9 July 2019 The boy’s 18-year-old brother, who is in college, recently filed a petition to open the probate case and asked that the judge appoint the bank to serve as independent administrator. Christy Gutowski, chicagotribune.com, "Attorney for estate of AJ Freund suggests lawsuit is likely in beating death of 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy," 8 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Los Angeles Times The Orange County city of La Habra has opened its first Trader Joe’s after years of petitioning for a store. Los Angeles Times, "A folk art trash palace in the shadow of Hearst Castle," 19 July 2019 With only one year in Corvallis assured – there is the possibility of petitioning a second through the NCAA – Whittley figures to be extremely motivated to show his skills at the FBS level. oregonlive.com, "Oregon State football, top 19 players for 2019: No. 3, Jordan Whittley," 19 July 2019 In January, however, Xcel sought to withdraw from that joint notice of filing and to petition for declaratory orders, and the PUC in February put a stay on the proceedings. Cassa Niedringhaus, The Denver Post, "Boulder makes final $82 million offer to Xcel," 14 June 2019 Correction posted July 31, 2015 An earlier version of this story suggested that Ms. Yap and colleagues had petitioned the FWS. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 Aaron Tevebaugh, the council member who absent from the last meeting, asked for multiple design clarifications from petitioning developer Wes Jackson. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "Avon Town Council approves contentious development proposal," 28 June 2019 McCauley is not running in the primary, but as a petitioning candidate. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Bankruptcy, tiny homes and trolleys: Catch 8 key moments from the West End’s Hartford mayoral debate," 27 June 2019 After examining the funeral service bill, his attorney filed a complaint with the funeral board and petitioned the probate court to order McBride to reimburse the estate for some of the charges. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Phoenix funeral home took control of dead people's estates, then charged them excessive fees, complaints say," 21 June 2019 Of the more than 7,000 cases petitioned to the Supreme Court each year, the court takes up an average of only 2 percent. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Adnan Syed case: Supreme Court grants extension to file 'Serial' subject's appeal," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of petition

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1607, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for petition

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin petition-, petitio, from petere to seek, request — more at feather

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petition

verb

English Language Learners Definition of petition

: to ask (a person, group, or organization) for something in a formal way

petition

noun
pe·​ti·​tion | \ pə-ˈti-shən How to pronounce petition (audio) \

Kids Definition of petition

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an earnest appeal
2 : a formal written request made to an authority

petition

verb
petitioned; petitioning

Kids Definition of petition (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make an often formal request to or for

Other Words from petition

petitioner noun

petition

noun
pe·​ti·​tion

Legal Definition of petition

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a formal written request made to an official person or body (as a court or board) a petition for equitable relief the creditor filed a petition for involuntary bankruptcy
2 : a document embodying a formal written request

petition

transitive verb

Legal Definition of petition (Entry 2 of 2)

: to direct a petition to petition the court

intransitive verb

: to make a petition petition for relief

Other Words from petition

petitioner noun

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