Definition - Transitive Verb
: to direct a petition to <~ the court>
: to make a petition <~ for relief>

Definition - Noun
1  : a formal written request made to an official person or body (as a court or board) <a ~ for equitable relief> <the creditor filed a ~ for involuntary bankruptcy>
2  : a document embodying a formal written request

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