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petition

pe·ti·tion

petition

 
pronunciation:
p tI shn
parts of speech:
noun, verb
part of speech: noun
definition: a formal, written request by many people that is made to a person in authority.
Many parents signed the petition asking the school board to lower taxes.
similar words:
appeal, application, complaint, plea, request
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: petitioned, petitioning, petitions
definition: to make a formal request to.
Many citizens have petitioned the city council to fix up the park.
synonyms:
appeal to, apply to, entreat
similar words:
ask, beseech
derivations: petitionary (adj.), petitioner (n.)