Definition of appeal in English:

appeal

Line breaks: ap¦peal
Pronunciation: /əˈpiːl
 
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verb

[no object]
  • 1Make a serious, urgent, or heartfelt request: police are appealing for information about the incident she appealed to Germany for political asylum
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    ask urgently/earnestly, request urgently/earnestly, make an urgent/earnest request, call, make a plea, plead, beg; sue
  • 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 justice
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
  • 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?’.
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    • 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 conviction
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    • 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?
  • 2.1 [with object] chiefly North American Apply to a higher court for a reversal of (the decision of a lower court): they have 48 hours to appeal the decision

noun

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  • 1A serious, urgent, or heartfelt request: his mother made an appeal for the return of the ring
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    • 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.
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    • 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 face
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    plea, urgent/earnest request, entreaty, cry, cry from the heart, call, petition, prayer, supplication, solicitation, application, overture, suit; French cri de cœur; Latin de profundis
    archaic orison
    rare imploration, adjuration, obtestation, impetration, obsecration
  • 1.3An attempt to persuade someone do to something by calling on a particular principle or quality: an appeal to their common cultural values
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    • 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 appeal
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    • 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.
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  • 3A request for donations to support a charity or cause: a public appeal to raise £120,000
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    • 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.

Derivatives

appealer

noun
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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.

Origin

Middle English (in legal contexts): from Old French apel (noun), apeler (verb), from Latin appellare 'to address', based on ad- 'to' + pellere 'to drive'.

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