ap·​peal·​ing | \ ə-ˈpē-liŋ How to pronounce appealing (audio) \

Definition of appealing

1 : having appeal : pleasing an appealing design
2 : marked by earnest entreaty : imploring the appealing look of an injured dog

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Other Words from appealing

appealingly \ -​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce appealingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of appealing in a Sentence

a book with an appealing title the idea of living on Mars is appealing to space enthusiasts

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Of the retailers that have launched pre-Black Friday promos, Best Buy has the most appealing list of offers, with more deals becoming available as the month proceeds. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Early Black Friday sales and exclusive reader discounts are this week’s best deals," 10 Nov. 2018 To buy these, fans are encouraged to download the new Polo Ralph Lauren mobile app, with the promise of more limited-edition products, vintage items from the archives and the potential to vote on the most appealing product releases. Christina Binkley, WSJ, "Ralph Lauren Wants People to Feel Good About Their Country," 7 Nov. 2018 One of the most appealing reasons to own an RVing is the comrade. Fox News, "The Perfect RV for An All-American Road Trip," 7 Sep. 2018 But maybe the most appealing aspect for international travelers is that Heckfield Place is 45 minutes from Heathrow airport; its a serene way to ease into your holiday in London, or postpone your return to the real world.. Jo Rodgers, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the U.K.'s Most Anticipated Hotel Opening This Summer," 31 Aug. 2018 The strongest competition might be found outside the ropes as tournaments try to persuade the most appealing players not to take time off during their events. Doug Ferguson,, "Ferguson: PGA Championship move to May crucial to Tour's schedule tweaks," 11 July 2018 And the list happens to be a who's who of some of the world's most appealing destinations. USA TODAY, "Just for fun: World's top 10 leisure travel destinations," 16 June 2018 The Institute of Contemporary Art is free on Thursday evenings year-round, but its outdoor spaces are most appealing in good weather., "Summer guide: Things to do around Boston and Cambridge," 2 June 2018 High-end apart Paul But eventually, the most appealing thing about The Palmer may be its location within The River District, which spans 276 acres tucked into the southernmost bend of the West Fork Trinity River. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Check out these boutique apartments being built in west Fort Worth's newest hot spot | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of appealing

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for appealing

see appeal entry 2

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The first known use of appealing was in 1749

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English Language Learners Definition of appealing

: having qualities that people like : pleasing or attractive

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