Definition of appeal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈpiːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpiːl//
    Solving crime, Helping others
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] a formal request to a court or to somebody in authority for a judgement or a decision to be changed (British English) to lodge an appeal (North American English) to file an appeal (British English) an appeal court/judge (North American English) an appeals court/judge appeal against something an appeal against the 3-match ban Wordfinderaccuse, appeal, counsel, defendant, evidence, justice, offence, plea, prosecution, trial CollocationsCriminal justiceBreaking the law break/​violate/​obey/​uphold the law be investigated/​arrested/​tried for a crime/​a robbery/​fraud be arrested/ (especially North American English) indicted/​convicted on charges of rape/​fraud/(especially US English) felony charges be arrested on suspicion of arson/​robbery/​shoplifting be accused of/​be charged with murder/(especially North American English) homicide/​four counts of fraud face two charges of indecent assault admit your guilt/​liability/​responsibility (for something) deny the allegations/​claims/​charges confess to a crime grant/​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 the jury sit/​stand/​appear/​be put/​place somebody in the dock plead guilty/​not guilty to a crime be called to/​enter (British English) the witness box take/​put somebody on the stand/(North American English) 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 not guilty/​unlawful killing/​accidental death 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 pass sentence on somebody 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 X years on death row be granted/​be denied/​break (your) parole see also court of appeal
  2. 2  [uncountable] a quality that makes somebody/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) to launch a TV appeal for donations to the charity The child'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. Wordfinderappeal, benefit, charity, collection, donation, fundraiser, handout, telethon, volunteer, welfare See related entries: Solving crime, Helping others
  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 finer feelings.
  5. Word OriginMiddle English (in legal contexts): from Old French apel (noun), apeler (verb), from Latin appellare ‘to address’, based on ad- ‘to’ + pellere ‘to drive’.Extra examples An appeal is to be launched on behalf of the refugees. College lost its appeal for her in the second year. He’s bringing an appeal against the size of the fine. Her charming children’s stories have timeless appeal. His appeal was upheld and he was released immediately. His considerable appeal lies in his quiet, gentle manner. His lawyer is considering an appeal to the Supreme Court. His views hold no appeal for me. On appeal it was held that the judge was correct. She gazed at him in mute appeal. She won the right to make another court appeal. The appeal raised over three million pounds. The case was upheld on appeal. The court will hear the appeal on 10 June. The judge has agreed to allow his appeal. The players have been suspended pending appeal. There is a possibility of a further appeal to a higher court. They have agreed to drop the appeal. They made a direct appeal to the government for funding. Unfortunately the movie lacks commercial appeal. We are trying to broaden the appeal of classical music. You have the right of appeal to the Constitutional Court. a case currently under appeal a fresh appeal for witnesses to come forward a publication designed for mass appeal an appeal against his conviction of fraud an appeal for help an appeal to reason an appeal to the High Court the book’s immediate appeal to young children He lost his appeal against the 3-match ban. He was beginning to understand the appeal of living in the countryside. Her stories have a universal appeal. The child’s mother made an emotional appeal on TV for his return. They’ve just launched a TV appeal for donations to the charity. a to lodge an appeal
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