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PETITION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does petition mean? 

PETITION (noun)
  The noun PETITION has 2 senses:

1. a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority
2. reverent petition to a deity

  Familiarity information: PETITION used as a noun is rare.


PETITION (verb)
  The verb PETITION has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: PETITION used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PETITION (noun)


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Meaning:

A formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

petition; request; postulation

Hypernyms ("petition" is a kind of...):

content; message; subject matter; substance (what a communication that is about something is about)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "petition"):

application (a verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school)

appeal; collection; ingathering; solicitation (request for a sum of money)

demand (an urgent or peremptory request)


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Meaning:

Reverent petition to a deity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

orison; petition; prayer

Hypernyms ("petition" is a kind of...):

asking; request (the verbal act of requesting)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "petition"):

requiescat (a prayer for the repose of the soul of a dead person)

invocation; supplication (a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service)

intercession (a prayer to God on behalf of another person)

blessing; grace; thanksgiving (a short prayer of thanks before a meal)

deprecation (a prayer to avert or remove some evil or disaster)

commination (prayers proclaiming God's anger against sinners; read in the Church of England on Ash Wednesday)

collect (a short prayer generally preceding the lesson in the Church of Rome or the Church of England)

benediction; blessing (a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection)

prayer wheel (a cylinder with prayers written on it; each revolution counts as uttering the prayers; used especially by Buddhists in Tibet)


PETITION (verb)


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Meaning:

Write a petition for something to somebody; request formally and in writing

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Hypernyms (to "petition" is one way to...):

bespeak; call for; quest; request (express the need or desire for; ask for)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "petition"):

supplicate (make a humble, earnest petition)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

They petition to move


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