- a formally drawn request, often bearing the names of a number of those making the request, that is addressed to a person or group of persons in authority or power, soliciting some favor, right, mercy, or other benefit: a petition for clemency; a petition for the repeal of an unfair law.
- a request made for something desired, especially a respectful or humble request, as to a superior or to one of those in authority; a supplication or prayer: a petition for aid; a petition to God for courage and strength.
- something that is sought by request or entreaty: to receive one's full petition.
- Law. an application for a court order or for some judicial action.
Verb (used with object)
- to beg for or request (something).
- to address a formal petition to (a sovereign, a legislative body, etc.): He received everything for which he had petitioned the king.
- to ask by petition for (something).
Verb (used without object)
- to present a petition.
- to address or present a formal petition.
- to request or solicit, as by a petition: to petition for redress of grievances.