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appeal

noun

  1. (asking)  earnest or urgent request
    Synonyms: entreaty, prayer. Type of: request
  2. (attractiveness)  attractiveness that interests, pleases, or stimulates
    Synonyms: appealingness, charm. Type of: attractiveness
  3. (law)  a legal proceeding in which the appellant resorts to a higher court for the purpose of obtaining a review of a lower court decision and a reversal of the lower court's judgment or the granting of a new trial
    Topic: law. Type of: proceedings
  4. (petition)  request for a sum of money
    Synonyms: collection, ingathering, solicitation. Type of: request

verb

  1. (defy)  to take a court case to a higher court for review
    Type of: challenge
  2. (bespeak)  to request earnestly (something from somebody); to ask for aid or protection
    Synonyms: invoke, invocate [archaic]. Type of: request
  3. (attract)  to be attractive to
    Synonyms: attract. Follows: tempt
  4. (take exception)  to challenge (a decision)
    Type of: challenge
  5. (mention)  to cite as an authority; to resort to
    Synonyms: invoke, invocate [archaic]. Type of: mention

Etymology summary

[verb] originally in legal sense of "calling" to a higher judge or court, ... |...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

appeal | appealable [adjective, derived]

a request for relief, aid, etc | the power to attract, please, stimulate, or interest | an application or resort to another person or authority, ... (23 of 698 words, 14 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/appeal

Britannica Encyclopedia:

appeal [law]

the resort to a higher court to review the decision of a lower court, or to a court to review the order of an administrative agency. In varying forms, ... (29 of 668 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/30450​/appeal

Wikipedia:

Appeal (disambiguation)

may refer to: Appeal - in law an appeal is a challenge of a judicial judgement to a higher authority, usually called an appellate court. Appeal procedure before the European Patent Office | Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, in the United... (41 of 384 words, 19 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Appeal (disambiguation)

Appeal

a process for requesting a formal change to an official decision. Very broadly speaking there are appeals on the record and de novo appeals. In de novo appeals, a new decision maker re-hears the case without any reference to the prior decision maker... (43 of 368 words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

appeal | appeal to | entreaty [synonym, sense-specific] | appealer [derived]

make a serious, urgent, or heartfelt request | ("appeal to") : try to persuade someone to do something by calling on (a particular principle or ... (24 of 312 words, 13 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/appeal

Wiktionary:

appeal | appeals [plural] | appealed [past tense] | appealing [present participle] | appeale [obsolete, sense-specific] | appeall [obsolete, sense-specific] | appel [15th - 16th centuries, sense-specific] | entreaty [synonym, sense-specific] | recourse [synonym, sense-specific]

[transitive, obsolete] To accuse (someone of something). | [transitive, law, United States] To apply for the removal of a cause from an inferior to a superior judge or court for the purpose of reexamination of for decision. --Tomlins. WP | ... (38 of 304 words, 11 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/appeal

Columbia Encyclopedia:

appeal | error

in law, hearing by a superior court to consider correcting or reversing the judgment of an inferior court, because of errors allegedly committed by ... (24 of 256 words)

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Merriam-Webster:

appeal [entry 1, noun] | attraction [synonym, sense-specific] | adjuration [synonym, sense-specific] | plea [synonym, sense-specific] | conjuration [synonym, sense-specific] | cry [synonym, sense-specific] | desire [synonym, sense-specific] | petition [synonym, sense-specific] | pleading [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a legal proceeding by which a case is brought before a higher court for review of the decision of a lower court | a criminal accusation | an ... (26 of 222 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/appeal

appeal [entry 2, verb] | accuse [synonym, sense-specific] | appealability [noun, related] | appealable [adjective, related] | appealer [noun, related]

to charge with a crime; "accuse" | to take proceedings to have (a lower court's decision) reviewed in a higher court | to take a lower court's ... (25 of 197 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

appeal [intransitive, verb] | appealed [past tense] | appealing [present participle] | appeals [3rd-person singular present]

to make an urgent request for people to give you something that you need ... | if something appeals to you, you like it or want it | to formally ask a ... (30 of 207 words, 4 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

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appeal | appeals [plural]

[countable] an urgent request for people to give you something that you ... | [uncountable] a quality that something has that makes people like it or ... (25 of 204 words, 3 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/appeal

Random House Dictionary:

appeal | appeal to the country [sense-specific]

an earnest request for aid, support, sympathy, mercy, etc.; entreaty; petition; plea. | a request or reference to some person or authority for a ... (23 of 200 words, 11 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/appeal

American Heritage Dictionary:

appeal | appealed [past tense] | appealing [present participle] | appeals [3rd-person singular present] | appealability [noun, related] | appealable [adjective, related] | appealer [noun, related]

An earnest or urgent request, entreaty, or supplication. | A resort to a higher authority or greater power, as for sanction, corroboration, or a ... (23 of 172 words, 11 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

appeal | appealable [adjective, related] | appealing [adjective, related] | appealingly [adverb, related]

to make a request to a higher court for the rehearing or review of (a case) | [obsolete] to accuse of a crime | to appeal a law case to a higher court ... (31 of 164 words, 11 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/appeal

Cambridge Dictionary:

appeal [entry 1]

when a lot of people are asked to give money, information or help (13 of 54 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/appeal 1

appeal [entry 2]

a request especially to a court of law to change a previous decision (13 of 52 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/appeal 2

appeal [entry 3]

the quality in someone or something that makes them attractive or interesting (12 of 41 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/appeal 3

appeal [entry 4]

to make a serious or formal request, especially to the public, for money or help (15 of 83 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/appeal 4

appeal [entry 5]

[law] to request a higher law court to consider again a decision made by a lower court, especially in order to reduce or prevent a punishment | to ... (27 of 97 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/appeal 5

appeal [entry 6]

to interest or attract someone (5 of 47 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/appeal 6

Encarta Dictionary:

appeal | appeals [plural] | appealed [past tense] | appealing [present participle]

an earnest or urgent request to somebody for something | a campaign to raise money or resources | the quality that makes somebody or something ... (23 of 377 words, 11 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861586329​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

appeal

First use: about 1300 | early 14th century

Origin: [verb] originally in legal sense of "calling" to a higher judge or court, ... | [noun] in the legal sense, from Old French apel (Mod.French ... (29 of 144 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

appeal

Origin: Middle English apelen from Old French apeler from Latin appellare, to accost, apply to, appeal; iterative from appellere, ... (18 of 26 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

appeal | appeal to

Origin: Middle English (in legal contexts): from Old French apel (noun), apeler (verb), from Latin appellare "to address", based on ... (19 of 24 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/appeal

American Heritage Dictionary:

appeal | appealed [past tense] | appealing [present participle] | appeals [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English apel, from Old French, from apeler, to appeal, from Latin appellāre, to entreat; see pel- [entry 5] in Indo-European roots.

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Collins Dictionary:

appeal

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French appeler, from Latin appellāre to entreat (literally: to approach), from pellere to push, drive

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/appeal

Wiktionary:

appeal | appeals [plural] | appealed [past tense] | appealing [present participle]

Origin: Old French apeler, from Latin appellō.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/appeal

Merriam-Webster:

appeal [entry 1, noun]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English appel, from Anglo-French apel, from apeler

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/appeal

appeal [entry 2, verb]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English appelen to accuse, appeal, from Anglo-French apeler, literally, to call, summon, from Latin appellare, from ... (19 of 28 etymology words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

appeal | appeals [plural] | appealed [past tense] | appealing [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old French apeler from Latin appellare "address, entreat", related to pellere "push"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861586329​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

appeal | appeals [plural] | appealed [past tense] | appealing [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "appeal"

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Collins Dictionary:

appeal

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "appeal"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

appeal [intransitive, verb] | appealed [past tense] | appealing [present participle] | appeals [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "appeal"

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appeal | appeals [plural]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

appeal [noun] | appeals [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "appeal"

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appeal | appealed [past tense] | appealing [present participle] | appeals [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "appeal"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

appeal [entry 5]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "appeal"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "appeal"

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the Free Dictionary:

appeal

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Google Dictionary:

appeal | appeals [plural] | appealed [past tense] | appealing [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "appeal"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

appeal

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YourDictionary Audio:

appeal

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freedictionary.org:

Appeal

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