- 1Make a serious, urgent, or heartfelt request: police are appealing for information about the incident she appealed to Germany for political asylumMore example sentences
- Anxious residents living near a Morden school are appealing for urgent traffic calming measures at an accident blackspot, which they say has become a daily danger to children.
- Naturally this is a very serious incident and we are appealing for any of the passengers on the bus to contact us, as they may have seen something or be able to give a description of this man.
- Police are appealing for Blackburn clubbers to come forward after a serious assault near a town centre night club.
- 1.1 (appeal to) Try to persuade someone to do something by calling on (a particular principle or quality): I appealed to his sense of justiceMore example sentences
- The whole point about folk and dance music is that it appeals to an organic urge to dance.
- Now, record executives are appealing to ethics to urge parents to stamp out pirating.
- The media always justifies its excesses by appealing to the doctrine of press freedom.
- 1.2 Cricket (Of the bowler or fielders) call on the umpire to declare a batsman out, traditionally with a shout of ‘How’s that?’.More example sentences
- Morally, there's no difference between a batsman who chooses to stay, knowing that he is out, and a wicketkeeper who appeals against a batsman knowing he isn't.
- He takes a proactive role in dealing with home-plate umpires, appealing check-swing calls and soothing pitchers.
- The local players kept on appealing at every turn, despite the umpire turning it down.
- 2 Law Apply to a higher court for a reversal of the decision of a lower court: he said he would appeal against the convictionMore example sentences
- Prosecution lawyers now have two or three days in which they can apply to appeal against the decision.
- If enforcement is authorised, the party against whom enforcement is sought may appeal against the decision within one month of service thereof.
- Do you say that the respondent appealed or sought special leave to appeal against that decision?
- 3Be attractive or interesting: the range of topics will appeal to youngstersMore example sentences
- This group will appeal if your interest lies in a somewhat more contemporary repertory.
- The book will appeal broadly to scholars interested in colonial agriculture and economics.
- This autobiography will appeal most to those interested in the history of the Chattahoochee Valley.
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- 1A serious, urgent, or heartfelt request: his mother made an appeal for the return of the ringMore example sentences
- An urgent appeal went out on Radio 3 for the missing four.
- This is an urgent appeal for drivers to deliver meals on wheels.
- An urgent appeal has now gone out from the small group asking for others to help out to keep the festival alive.
- 1.1 Cricket A shout of ‘How’s that?’ or a similar call by a bowler or fielder to an umpire to declare a batsman out.More example sentences
- A few full-throated appeals for lbw nearly always find the umpire's approval.
- He overcame the initial seam movement, two perilously close lbw appeals and a few edgy moments before settling down into a dogged mode.
- Now umpires are calling for TV replays to settle LBW appeals.
- 1.2 [mass noun] Entreaty: a look of appeal on his faceMore example sentences
- She added she had not received the councillors' petition or his appeal for a meeting.
- These appeals persuade not through the give-and-take of argument and debate, but through the manipulation of symbols and of our most basic human emotions.
- Trumped-up waiting lists and emotional appeals concerning the poor quality of child care are indications of a far greater goal.
- 1.3An attempt to persuade someone do to something by calling on a particular principle or quality: an appeal to their common cultural valuesMore example sentences
- Either way, bigotry is bigotry, and appeals to base instincts should always be repudiated.
- I kept strictly away from the threats, focussing instead on the promises and appeals to reason.
- Even when not winning, a racer can benefit from the challenge to his sailing skills and the appeal to his sense of adventure.
- 2 Law An application to a higher court for a decision to be reversed: he has 28 days in which to lodge an appeal [mass noun]: the right of appealMore example sentences
- Other applicants could lodge an appeal against the decision based on the change in selection criteria.
- While some bad decisions get reversed on appeal, that process can take years, which is a long time in a child's life.
- At first instance the claim failed, but the decision was reversed on appeal.
- 3A request for donations to support a charity or cause: a public appeal to raise £120,000More example sentences
- The charity has launched an appeal for public donations.
- The new mayor says his charity appeal will be to support homeless people.
- This support means that funds raised by the appeal will go directly to Marie Curie Cancer Care.
- 4 [mass noun] The quality of being attractive or interesting: the popular appeal of footballMore example sentences
- Although maybe the show's ghastly appeal may attract voyeuristic interest.
- The variety of musical styles and interesting guests had popular appeal.
- Food commands so much appeal and interest that most newspapers devote valuable column space for food writings on Sundays.
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- They had no match referees in those days to penalise such appealers!
- I am almost always suspicious of appeals to the ‘good old days’ as the appeal typically has an agenda behind it, or reveals some reflexive need on the part of the appealer.
- Any busker, lecturer, musician, singer or street appealer must apply for a permit before performing in public, irrespective of whether money is collected.
Middle English (in legal contexts): from Old French apel (noun), apeler (verb), from Latin appellare 'to address', based on ad- 'to' + pellere 'to drive'.