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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By spotlighting its most appealing users, the platform attracted new ones. Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker, "The Fight for the Future of YouTube," 8 July 2019 As well as that, the Foxes offer was the most appealing to Monaco and offered most value for money., "Youri Tielemans Poised to Undergo Leicester Medical Ahead of Club-Record £40m Monaco Switch," 6 July 2019 None of which can happen without Semien’s most appealing trait. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Marcus Semien’s eighth-inning grand slam breaks open win over Twins," 4 July 2019 The most appealing character is Jonah himself, who is amusing and observant but also a believable teen who can’t avoid trouble. Jane Smiley, Washington Post, "Jane Smiley reviews a novel so intimate and familiar it’s almost as though you’re eavesdropping," 1 July 2019 Impossible argues that taste is what matters most, and that its army of scientists will make the most appealing burger. CNN, "Impossible made fake meat a hot commodity. Now it could be a victim of its own success," 27 June 2019 The organization has had issues for a long time and that isn’t the most appealing situation, but if the team can sign Kevin Durant, Irving might be more interested. Lila Bromberg, USA TODAY, "NBA free agency: Possible landing spots for Kyrie Irving," 27 June 2019 The name alludes to its most appealing feature: This thing stands almost 6 feet tall, so there’s plenty of room to stand up and move around. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "All the Coolest New Gear From Outdoor Retailer 2019," 21 June 2019 Blewett would seem to be the most appealing candidate for those voters. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "Fight intensifies in second round of East Dallas City Council race between David Blewett, Philip Kingston," 6 June 2019

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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