WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
ap•peal /əˈpil/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [countable] an earnest plea;
    request (for help);
    entreaty;
    plea: an appeal for help.
  2. a request to higher authority for a decision:[countable]He filed an appeal for a hearing.
  3. Lawan application or request for review by a higher court: [countable]The lawyer filed an appeal for a retrial.[uncountable]found guilty on appeal.
  4. [uncountable] the power or ability to attract or stimulate the mind or emotions: The game has lost its appeal.

v. 
  1. to make an earnest plea:[no object]appealed to the public for help.
  2. Lawto apply for review of a case or particular issue to a higher tribunal: [no object]The lawyer will appeal to the Supreme Court.[~ + object]The lawyer appealed the case.
  3. to call upon for proof or corroboration or support:[+ to + object]He appealed to statistics to reinforce his case.
  4. [~ + to] to exert an attraction: The red hat appeals to me.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
ap•peal  (ə pēl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an earnest request for aid, support, sympathy, mercy, etc.;
    entreaty;
    petition;
    plea.
  2. a request or reference to some person or authority for a decision, corroboration, judgment, etc.
  3. Law
    • an application or proceeding for review by a higher tribunal.
    • (in a legislative body or assembly) a formal question as to the correctness of a ruling by a presiding officer.
    • [Obs.]a formal charge or accusation.
  4. the power or ability to attract, interest, amuse, or stimulate the mind or emotions:The game has lost its appeal.
  5. [Obs.]a summons or challenge.

v.i. 
  1. to ask for aid, support, mercy, sympathy, or the like;
    make an earnest entreaty:The college appealed to its alumni for funds.
  2. Lawto apply for review of a case or particular issue to a higher tribunal.
  3. to have need of or ask for proof, a decision, corroboration, etc.
  4. to be especially attractive, pleasing, interesting, or enjoyable:The red hat appeals to me.

v.t. 
  1. Law
    • to apply for review of (a case) to a higher tribunal.
    • [Obs.]to charge with a crime before a tribunal.
  2. British Termsappeal to the country, See  country (def. 11).
ap•peal′a•bili•ty, n. 
ap•peala•ble, adj. 
ap•pealer, n. 
  • Anglo-French, Old French apel, noun, nominal derivative of ap(p)eler
  • Latin appellāre to speak to, address, equivalent. to ap- ap-1 + -pellāre, iterative stem of pellere to push, beat against; (noun, nominal) Middle English ap(p)el
  • Anglo-French, Old French a(p)peler
  • (verb, verbal) Middle English a(p)pelen 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged prayer, supplication, invocation.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged suit, solicitation.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged attraction.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged request, ask.
      Appeal, entreat, petition, supplicate mean to ask for something wished for or needed.
      Appeal and
      petition may concern groups and formal or public requests.
      Entreat and
      supplicate are usually more personal and urgent. To
      appeal is to ask earnestly for help or support, on grounds of reason, justice, common humanity, etc.:to appeal for contributions to a cause.To
      petition is to ask by written request, by prayer, or the like, that something be granted:to petition for more playgrounds.Entreat suggests pleading:The captured knight entreated the king not to punish him.To
      supplicate is to beg humbly, usually from a superior, powerful, or stern (official) person:to supplicate that the lives of prisoners be spared.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

appeal /əˈpiːl/ n
  1. a request for relief, aid, etc
  2. the power to attract, please, stimulate, or interest
  3. an application or resort to another person or authority, esp a higher one, as for a decision or confirmation of a decision
  4. the judicial review by a superior court of the decision of a lower tribunal
  5. a request for such review
  6. a verbal request to the umpire from one or more members of the fielding side to declare a batsman out
vb
  1. (intransitive) to make an earnest request for relief, support, etc
  2. (intransitive) to attract, please, stimulate, or interest
  3. to apply to a superior court to review (a case or particular issue decided by a lower tribunal)
  4. (intransitive) to resort (to), as for a decision or confirmation of a decision
  5. (intransitive) to ask the umpire to declare a batsman out
  6. (intransitive) to challenge the umpire's or referee's decision
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French appeler, from Latin appellāre to entreat (literally: to approach), from pellere to push, drive

apˈpealable adj apˈpealer n



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