One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘about 7,000 people signed a petition objecting to the scheme’
appeal, round robin, list of protesters, list of signatures
2‘a steady stream of petitions to Allah were audible’
entreaty, supplication, plea, prayer, appeal, request, application, invocation, suit
1‘human rights activists petitioned the king to release the hunger strikers’
appeal to, request, ask, call on, entreat, beg, implore, beseech, plead with, make a plea to, pray, apply to, solicit, press, urge, adjure, present one's suit to, importune
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