appeal

1 noun
1 (C) an urgent request for something important such as money or help, especially to help someone in a bad situation
(+ for): The United Nations' appeal for a ceasefire has been largely ignored by both sides. | appeal to sb to do sth: an appeal to parents to supervise their children | make/launch an appeal: In 1988 Bob Geldorf launched an urgent appeal for the famine victims.
2 (U) a quality that makes you like someone or something, be interested in them, or want them: Much of Corfu's appeal lies in its lively night life.
(+ for): The film has great appeal for young audiences. | popular/wide appeal (=liked by many people): CD-ROMs now have wider popular appeal. | sex appeal (=the quality of being sexually attractive): Marilyn Monroe had amazing sex appeal.
3 (C, U) a formal request to a court or to someone in authority asking for a decision to be changed
(+ to): an appeal to the European court of Human Rights -see also: Court of Appeal 2 verb
1 (I) to make a serious public request for help, money, information etc: appeal (to sb) for sth: The police are appealing to the public for information about the crime. | The Bosnian government appealed for help from Western countries. | appeal to sb to do sth: She appealed to the kidnappers to release her son.
2 appeal to sb if someone or something appeals to you, they seem attractive and interesting: Does the idea of working abroad appeal to you? | The magazine is intended to appeal to working women in their 20s and 30s.
3 (I, T) to make a formal request to a court or someone in authority asking for a decision to be changed: If you are not satisfied, you can appeal.
4 appeal to sb's better nature/sense of honour/sense of justice etc to try to persuade someone to do something by reminding them that it is a good, honourable etc thing to do

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • appeal — ap·peal 1 /ə pēl/ n [Old French apel, from apeler to call, accuse, appeal, from Latin appellare]: a proceeding in which a case is brought before a higher court for review of a lower court s judgment for the purpose of convincing the higher court… …   Law dictionary

  • Appeal — Ap*peal , n. [OE. appel, apel, OF. apel, F. appel, fr. appeler. See {Appeal}, v. t.] 1. (Law) (a) An application for the removal of a cause or suit from an inferior to a superior judge or court for re[ e]xamination or review. (b) The mode of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • appeal — [ə pēl′] vt. [ME apelen < OFr apeler < L appellare, to accost, apply to, appeal; iterative < appellere, to prepare < ad , to + pellere: see FELT1] 1. to make a request to a higher court for the rehearing or review of (a case) 2. Obs.… …   English World dictionary

  • Appeal — Ap*peal , v. t. 1. (Law) To apply for the removal of a cause from an inferior to a superior judge or court for the purpose of re[ e]xamination of for decision. Tomlins. [1913 Webster] I appeal unto C[ae]sar. Acts xxv. 11. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Appeal — Ap*peal , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Appealed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Appealing}.] [OE. appelen, apelen, to appeal, accuse, OF. appeler, fr. L. appellare to approach, address, invoke, summon, call, name; akin to appellere to drive to; ad + pellere to drive …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • appeal — [n1] request for help address, adjuration, application, bid, call, claim, demand, entreaty, imploration, importunity, invocation, overture, petition, plea, prayer, proposal, proposition, question, recourse, requisition, solicitation, submission,… …   New thesaurus

  • appeal — The transitive use as a legal term is AmE (e.g. • The US government plans to appeal the cotton ruling, and it could be years before any penalties kick in Reason Magazine, 2004). The equivalent in BrE is appeal against • (Mr Marshall s legal… …   Modern English usage

  • Appeal — request by the provider of the object of conformity assessment to the conformity assessment body or accreditation body for reconsideration by that body of a decision it has made relating to that object (p. 6.4 ISO/IEC 17000:2004). Источник …   Словарь-справочник терминов нормативно-технической документации

  • appeal — A request to the U.S. District Court (or the bankruptcy appellate panel if there is one in the circuit) to review a decision of the bankruptcy court. A request to the Circuit Court of Appeals to review a decision of the U.S. District Court (or… …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • appeal — /ə pi:l/, it. /a p:il/ s. ingl. (propr. appello, attrazione ), usato in ital. al masch. [capacità di attirare] ▶◀ attrazione, fascino, richiamo, [in senso erotico] sex appeal …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • appeal — /apˈpil, ingl. əˈpiːl/ [lett. «richiamo»] s. m. inv. fascino, richiamo, attrazione □ sex appeal …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

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