verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of petition
Synonyms for petition
Related Words for petitionedurge, sue, implore, pray, beseech, beg, ask, seek, request, entreat, solicit, press, supplicate, adjure, impetrate
Examples from the Web for petitioned
Contemporary Examples of petitioned
Apparently, the population of Kayakoy had petitioned the government in Ankara for the right to remain.Turkey's Gorgeous Ghost Town
July 12, 2014
Liberty Counsel, a Christian freedom group challenging the law in court, petitioned the Supreme Court to hear the case.Supreme Court Declines to Hear Anti-Gay Quacks
June 30, 2014
Last month, the reclusive Matt Sandusky petitioned a court and was granted a name change for himself, his wife and four children.Sandusky Son to Settle
August 18, 2013
When the degree of the chaos and corruption became evident, we petitioned the IOC to move the Games before it was too late.Boycott Putin, Not the Sochi Olympics
August 15, 2013
That's when Windsor petitioned the Supreme Court to hear her case on an expedited basis.Edie Windsor, the Widow Taking On DOMA
March 27, 2013
Historical Examples of petitioned
They exercise daily, and have petitioned to be authorised by their Regency.
The grant, however, was expiring, and he petitioned the queen that it might be renewed.Queen Elizabeth
Congress was petitioned to aid this work of internal improvement.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
The lady has not broken her word, nor by me shall she be petitioned to do so.
Then everybody put his things back and petitioned for somebody else's.
Word Origin for petition
early 14c., "a supplication or prayer, especially to a deity," from Old French peticion "request, petition" (12c., Modern French pétition) and directly from Latin petitionem (nominative petitio) "a blow, thrust, attack, aim; a seeking, searching," in law "a claim, suit," noun of action from past participle stem of petere "to make for, go to; attack, assail; seek, strive after; ask for, beg, beseech, request; fetch; derive; demand, require," from PIE root *pet-, also *pete- "to rush; to fly" (cf. Sanskrit pattram "wing, feather, leaf," patara- "flying, fleeting;" Hittite pittar "wing;" Greek piptein "to fall," potamos "rushing water," pteryx "wing;" Old English feðer "feather;" Latin penna "feather, wing;" Old Church Slavonic pero "feather;" Old Welsh eterin "bird"). Meaning "formal written request to a superior (earthly)" is attested from early 15c.
c.1600, from petition (n.). Related: Petitioned; petitioning.