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Definition of appeal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they appeal
    he / she / it appeals
    past simple appealed
    -ing form appealing
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  1. 1[intransitive] appeal (to somebody/something) (against something) to make a formal request to a court or to someone in authority for a judgment or a decision to be changed He said he would appeal after being found guilty on four counts of murder. The company is appealing against the ruling. appeal (something) (to somebody/something) The company has ten days to appeal the decision to the tribunal.
  2. 2[intransitive] to attract or interest someone The prospect of a long wait in the rain did not appeal. appeal to somebody The design has to appeal to all ages and social groups.
  3. 3[intransitive] to make a serious and urgent request I am appealing for donations on behalf of the famine victims (= asking for money). appeal (to somebody) (for something) Nationalist leaders appealed for calm. Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward. appeal to somebody to do something Organizers appealed to the crowd not to panic.
  4. 4[intransitive] appeal (to something) to try to persuade someone to do something by suggesting that it is a fair, reasonable, or honest thing to do They needed to appeal to his sense of justice.
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