- 1 [intransitive] appeal (to somebody/something) (against something) to make a formal request to a court or to somebody 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. In North American English, the form appeal (something) (to somebody/something) is usually used, without a prepositionThe company has ten days to appeal the decision to the tribunal.
- 2 [intransitive] to attract or interest somebody 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 [intransitive] to make a serious and urgent request I am appealing (= asking for money) on behalf of the famine victims. appeal (to somebody) (for something) Community leaders appealed for calm (= urged people to remain calm). Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward. appeal to somebody to do something Organizers appealed to the crowd not to panic. See related entries: Helping others
- 4[intransitive] appeal (to something) to try to persuade somebody 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. Word Origin Middle English (in legal contexts): from Old French apel (noun), apeler (verb), from Latin appellare
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BrE BrE//əˈpiːl//; NAmE NAmE//əˈpiːl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they appeal
BrE BrE//əˈpiːl//; NAmE NAmE//əˈpiːl//he / she / it appeals
BrE BrE//əˈpiːlz//; NAmE NAmE//əˈpiːlz//past simple appealed
BrE BrE//əˈpiːld//; NAmE NAmE//əˈpiːld//past participle appealed
BrE BrE//əˈpiːld//; NAmE NAmE//əˈpiːld//-ing form appealing
BrE BrE//əˈpiːlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//əˈpiːlɪŋ//Helping others