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Petition, subst. 1) request, entreaty: Meas. I, 4, 82. IV, 4, 11. Wint. V, 1, 228. John II, 478. H5 V, 2, 305. H6A IV, 1, 101. H8 I, 2, 17. IV, 2, 138. Troil. V, 3, 9. Cor. I, 1, 214. V, 3, 176. Caes. II, 1, 58. III, 1, 11. Hml. I, 2, 59. With to: “my p. to thee,” Troil. IV, 4, 124. Cor. V, 1, 20. “at your --s,” Wint. I, 2, 215. III, 2, 225. H5 V, 1, 25.
2) a single article of a prayer at church: “the p. that prays for peace,” Meas. I, 2, 16.
3) a written request from an inferior to a superior: All's V, 1, 19. V, 3, 130. H8 V, 1, 119. Tit. IV, 3, 14.
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