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American English: /pəˈtɪʃ(ə)n/
British English: /pɪˈtɪʃ(ə)n/

Translation of petition in Spanish:


  • 1 (written document) to sign a petition
    firmar una petición
    Example sentences
    • I hope Evening Press readers will sign petitions and write to their MPs demanding that these plans to pay benefits directly into banks are scrapped.
    • Well, I've signed a lot of petitions and written a lot of letters.
    • Even if you never write letters, sign petitions, or speak up in public, you can still make a difference in this world.
  • 2 (Law) a petition for divorce, a divorce petition
    una demanda de divorcio
    to file or lodge a petition
    Example sentences
    • The election is subject to the result of the writ petitions before the Supreme Court on the domicile status of candidates contesting the poll.
    • There are very recent cases, some of which I have discussed in a previous column, in which courts have denied petitions for fault divorce.
    • When convicted prisoners brought petitions for writs of habeas corpus before the U.S. Supreme Court, the prisoners were released immediately.
  • 3 (prayer, entreaty) [formal]
    Example sentences
    • Nor, for that matter, COULD they regulate anyone's private petitions to their own deity!
    • Verse eight declares the defeat of the foul foe and verse nine is a concluding petition to the God of Israel.
    • The shaman is about to perform a cha-chac ceremony: a petition to the god, Chac, to send rain.

transitive verb

  • [formal]
    elevar una petición a [formal]
    Example sentences
    • The races of Lannith petitioned the gods for aid, and the gods as a whole, for no known reason, suddenly turned their backs on all of their servants.
    • Worshipers often petitioned the gods for life spans of a hundred years and for permanent life in a similar body in an ideal but comparable world.

intransitive verb

  • to petition for something
    elevar una petición solicitando algo [formal]
    to petition for divorce (British)
    presentar una demanda de divorcio
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