appeal

noun
ap·​peal | \ ə-ˈpēl How to pronounce appeal (audio) \

Definition of appeal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 law : a legal proceeding by which a case is brought before a higher court for review of the decision of a lower court
2a : an application (as to a recognized authority) for corroboration, vindication, or decision
b : an earnest plea : entreaty an appeal for help
c : an organized request for donations the annual fundraising appeal
3 : the power of arousing a sympathetic response : attraction Movies had a great appeal for him.
4 law : a criminal accusation

appeal

verb
appealed; appealing; appeals

Definition of appeal (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to arouse a sympathetic response an idea that appeals to him
2 : to make an earnest request We appealed to them for help.
3 law : to take a lower court's decision to a higher court for review
4 : to call upon another for corroboration, vindication, or decision

transitive verb

1 law : to take proceedings to have (a lower court's decision) reviewed in a higher court
2 law : to charge with a crime : accuse

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Other Words from appeal

Verb

appealability \ ə-​ˌpē-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce appealability (audio) \ noun
appealable \ ə-​ˈpē-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce appealable (audio) \ adjective
appealer noun

Examples of appeal in a Sentence

Noun Her jokes are quickly losing their appeal. the wide appeal of the artist's work His appeals to his father for money were ignored. The mayor made an appeal to the people of the city to stay calm. We made a donation during the school's annual appeal. She helped to organize an appeal on behalf of the homeless. My lawyer said the court's decision wasn't correct and that we should file for an appeal. Verb music that appeals to a wide variety of people The government appealed for calm. desperate people who are appealing for help The government appealed to the people to stay calm. He appealed, arguing that there was not enough evidence to convict him. She lost the case and appealed the following month. We plan to appeal the court's decision. The ruling can be appealed within 30 days.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What might be most striking about his work is its incredibly broad appeal. Lauren Helmer, al, "Billy Reid brand expands to open new store in Birmingham," 13 Jan. 2020 This game has always had at its core the belief that self-governing gives the game its appeal. Jill Martin And Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Patrick Reed's lawyer warns Golf Channel analyst to stop alleging his client 'cheated'," 11 Jan. 2020 With the goal of recruiting about 68,000 soldiers in 2020, the Army is now trying to broaden its appeal beyond traditional recruitment pools. Tim Arango, New York Times, "Who Signs Up to Fight? Makeup of U.S. Recruits Shows Glaring Disparity," 10 Jan. 2020 His asylum application was denied in 2014, and in December 2018 a judge denied his final appeal. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "Judge orders U.S. to return gay asylum-seeker deported to Chad," 8 Jan. 2020 Adding to its appeal, this route gets the climbing out of the way at the beginning while legs are still fresh. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "This is one of Phoenix's best loved hikes. Here's why," 8 Jan. 2020 Khosla took the case to the US Supreme Court, which declined to hear his appeal. Brittany Shammas, BostonGlobe.com, "California joins fight against tech billionaire over access to a popular beach," 8 Jan. 2020 Smucker said its feedback on Folgers tells a more positive story, and that its appeal to different audiences more broadly depends on a variety of factors, including product offerings, distribution and meaningful marketing. Nat Ives, WSJ, "Smucker Says Marketing Shake-Up Saved It From Boring Ads," 7 Jan. 2020 Eventually, the charm of my inexperience lost its appeal to him. Douglas Stuart, The New Yorker, "Found Wanting," 6 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul has appealed the case to the District 4 Court of Appeals in Madison. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Judge finds Wisconsin elections commissioners in contempt of court, orders them to quickly remove people from the rolls," 13 Jan. 2020 The idea of a permanent institution to ensure peace had appealed to intellectuals for centuries. National Geographic, "Why the League of Nations was doomed before it began," 9 Jan. 2020 On Monday, the league officially fined Garoppolo, 28, for the $7,017, according to USA Today, although his representation reportedly plans to appeal the fine. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo Faces $7K Fine for Tossing Football Into Stands," 7 Jan. 2020 While Parma’s application for a $720,000 Ohio Public Works Commission grant to cover added Ridge Road costs was recently denied, Mihelich said the city is planning to appeal. John Benson, cleveland, "Parma officials discuss 2020 projects: Ridge Road repaving and stormwater solutions," 30 Dec. 2019 The opportunity to stretch his culinary skills so vastly appealed to Ayres. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Meet the Colorado chef who opened an ambitious new restaurant while battling incurable brain cancer," 26 Dec. 2019 The jury verdict is not yet final; the court has to resolve post-trial motions first, after which Cox plans to appeal. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Cox Communications hit with $1 billion verdict over music piracy," 23 Dec. 2019 The Judiciary Committee session drew out over two days, with both sides appealing to Americans' sense of history in sharp, poignant and, at times, personal arguments for and against impeachment. Lisa Mascaro And Mary Clare Jalonick, Houston Chronicle, "House committee delays historic vote on Trump impeachment," 13 Dec. 2019 Corbyn will probably go, Labour will have a new leader and Johnson's opponents, no longer having to worry about appealing to voters, will be more than happy to get stuck into him. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "Boris Johnson is hiding from scrutiny. It might win him the election," 7 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of appeal

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for appeal

Noun

Middle English appel, from Anglo-French apel, from apeler — see appeal entry 2

Verb

Middle English appelen to accuse, appeal, from Anglo-French apeler, literally, to call, summon, from Latin appellare, from appellere to drive to, from ad- + pellere to drive — more at felt

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The first known use of appeal was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Appeal.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appealability. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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appeal

noun
How to pronounce appeal (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of appeal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a quality that causes people to like someone or something
: a serious request for help, support, etc.
: an attempt to make someone do or accept something as right or proper by saying things that are directed at a person's feelings, attitudes, etc.

appeal

verb

English Language Learners Definition of appeal (Entry 2 of 2)

: to be liked by someone : to be pleasing or attractive to someone
: to ask for something (such as help or support) in a serious way
: to try to make someone do or accept something as right or proper by saying things that are directed at a person's feelings, attitudes, etc.

appeal

noun
ap·​peal | \ ə-ˈpēl How to pronounce appeal (audio) \

Kids Definition of appeal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the power to cause enjoyment : attraction the appeal of music
2 : the act of asking for something badly needed or wanted : plea an appeal for funds
3 : a legal action by which a case is brought to a higher court for review

appeal

verb
appealed; appealing

Kids Definition of appeal (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to be pleasing or attractive … the thought of eating raw fish didn't appeal to me.— Theodore Taylor, The Cay
2 : to ask for something badly needed or wanted They appealed to the boss for more money.
3 : to take action to have a case or decision reviewed by a higher court

appeal

noun
ap·​peal | \ ə-ˈpēl How to pronounce appeal (audio) \

Legal Definition of appeal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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 that the lower court's judgment was incorrect also : a proceeding for the review of an agency decision at a higher level within the agency or in a court — see also affirm — compare certiorari, new trial, rehearing

Note: The scope of an appeal is limited. The higher court will review only matters that were objected to or argued in the lower court during the trial. No new evidence can be presented on appeal.

Other Words from appeal

appealability \ ə-​ˌpē-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce appealability (audio) \ noun
appealable \ ə-​ˈpē-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce appealable (audio) \ adjective

Legal Definition of appeal (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take (a lower court's decision) before a higher court for review : undertake an appeal of (a case)

intransitive verb

: to take a lower court's decision to a higher court for review

History and Etymology for appeal

Noun

Old French apel, from apeler to call, accuse, appeal, from Latin appellare

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