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petition

2 verb
     
Related topics: Law
petition2 [intransitive and transitive]
1 to ask the government or an organization to do something by sending them a petition
petition somebody to do something
Villagers petitioned the local authority to provide better bus services.
petition against/for
Residents are petitioning against the new road.
2 law or formalSCL to make a formal request to someone in authority, to a court of law, or to God
petition for
More and more couples are petitioning for divorce.

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