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Definition of appeal noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a formal request to a court or to someone in authority for a judgment or a decision to be changed to file an appeal an appeals court/judge appeal against something an appeal against the 3-game ban Topic CollocationsCriminal Justicebreaking the law break/violate/obey/uphold the law be investigated/arrested/tried for a crime/a robbery/fraud be arrested/indicted/convicted on felony charges/on charges of rape/fraud be arrested on suspicion of arson/robbery/shoplifting be accused of/be charged with murder/homicide/four counts of fraud face two charges of assault and battery admit your guilt/liability/responsibility (for something) deny the allegations/claims/charges confess to a crime be granted/be refused/be released on/skip/jump bailthe legal process stand/await/bring somebody to/come to/be on trial take somebody to/come to/settle something out of court face/avoid/escape prosecution seek/retain/have the right to/be denied access to legal counsel hold/conduct/attend/adjourn a hearing/trial sit on/influence/persuade/convince/advise a jury stand/appear/be brought before a judge plead guilty/not guilty to a crime be called to/take/put somebody on the stand/the witness stand call/subpoena/question/cross-examine a witness give/hear the evidence against/on behalf of somebody raise/withdraw/overrule an objection reach a unanimous/majority verdict return/deliver/record a verdict of guilty/not guilty convict/acquit the defendant of the crime secure a conviction/your acquittal lodge/file an appeal appeal (against)/challenge/uphold/overturn a conviction/verdictsentencing and punishment sentence somebody to 5 years in prison/2 years' probation carry/face/serve a seven-year/life sentence receive/be given the death penalty be sentenced to ten years (in prison/jail) carry/impose/pay a fine (of $3,000)/a penalty (of 14 years' imprisonment) be imprisoned/jailed for drug possession/fraud/murder do/serve time/ten years be sent to/put somebody in/be released from jail/prison be/put somebody/spend 13 years on death row be granted/be denied/violate (your) parole ⇨ more collocations at crime see also court of appeals
  2. 2[uncountable] a quality that makes someone or something attractive or interesting mass/wide/popular appeal The Beatles have never really lost their appeal. The prospect of living in a city holds little appeal for me. see also sex appeal
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] an urgent and deeply felt request for money, help, or information, especially one made by a charity or by the police a look of silent appeal appeal (to somebody) (for something) an appeal for donations by the March of Dimes The boy's mother made an emotional appeal on TV for his return. appeal to somebody to do something The police made an appeal to the public to remain calm.
  4. 4[countable] appeal to something an indirect suggestion that any good, fair, or reasonable person would act in a particular way I relied on an appeal to his deeper feelings.
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