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English noun: petition

1. petition (communication) a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority


Synonymspostulation, request


Broader (hypernym)content, message, subject matter, substance


Narrower (hyponym)appeal, application, collection, demand, ingathering, solicitation

2. petition (communication) reverent petition to a deity


Synonymsorison, prayer


Broader (hypernym)asking, request


Narrower (hyponym)benediction, blessing, blessing, collect, commination, deprecation, grace, intercession, invocation, prayer wheel, requiescat, supplication, thanksgiving


English verb: petition

1. petition (communication) write a petition for something to somebody; request formally and in writing


ExamplesThey petition to move


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)bespeak, call for, quest, request


Narrower (hyponym)supplicate









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