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appeal (bespeak)

Definition:

to request earnestly (something from somebody); to ask for aid or protection

Class:

communication verb (telling, asking, ordering, singing, etc.)

Past tense:

appealed

Present participle:

appealing

3rd-person singular present:

appeals

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Examples:

call on | plead

Usage example:

appeal to somebody for help

Synonyms:

invoke | invocate [archaic]

Etymology:

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

All senses of appeal...

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Invocation

may take the form of: Supplication, prayer or spell. ; A form of possession. ; Command or conjuration. ; Self-identification with certain spirits. ; These forms are described below, but are not mutually exclusive. See also Theurgy. As a supplication or... (41 of 1473 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Invocation

Collins Dictionary:

invoke | invocate [archaic] | invocable [adjective, derived]

to call upon (an agent, especially God or another deity) for help, inspiration, etc | to put (a law, penalty, etc) into use | to appeal to (an outside ... (27 of 515 words, 5 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

Merriam-Webster:

invoke | invoked [past tense] | invoking [present participle] | invocate [archaic] | conjure [synonym, sense-specific] | solicit [synonym, sense-specific] | implement [synonym, sense-specific] | bring about [synonym, sense-specific] | cause [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to petition for help or support ; to appeal to or cite as authority | to call forth by incantation; "conjure" | to make an earnest request for; ... (26 of 334 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

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

Macmillan British Dictionary:

invoke [transitive, formal] | invoked [past tense] | invoking [present participle] | invokes [3rd-person singular present]

to use a law or rule in order to achieve something ; to mention a law, ... | to make someone feel a particular emotion or see a particular image in ... (30 of 157 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

Oxford Dictionary:

invoke | evoke [synonym, sense-specific] | invoker [derived]

call on (a deity or spirit) in prayer, as a witness, or for inspiration. | summon (a spirit) by charms or incantation. | cite or appeal to (someone or ... (27 of 128 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/invoke

American Heritage Dictionary:

invoke | invoked [past tense] | invoking [present participle] | invokes [3rd-person singular present] | invocate [archaic] | invocated [archaic, past tense] | invocating [archaic, present participle] | invocates [archaic, 3rd-person singular present] | invoker [noun, related]

To call on (a higher power) for assistance, support, or inspiration | To appeal to or cite in support or justification. | To call for earnestly; ... (24 of 116 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/invoke

Wiktionary:

invoke | invoked [past tense] | invoking [present participle] | invokes [3rd-person singular present] | envoke [sense-specific] | invocate [synonym, sense-specific] | call [synonym, sense-specific] | execute [synonym, sense-specific] | run [synonym, sense-specific]

[transitive] To call upon (a person, especially a god) for help, assistance or guidance. | [transitive] To appeal for validation to a (notably cited) authority. | [transitive] To conjure up with incantations. | [transitive] To bring about as an... (36 of 116 words, 6 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/invoke

Random House Dictionary:

invoke | invoked [past tense] | invoking [present participle] | invocate [archaic] | invocated [archaic, past tense] | invocating [archaic, present participle]

to call for with earnest desire; make supplication or pray for. | to call on (a deity, Muse, etc.), as in prayer or supplication. | to declare to be ... (27 of 88 words, 7 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/invoke

New World Dictionary:

invoke | invoked [past tense] | invoking [present participle] | invoker [noun, related]

to call on (God, a god, a saint, the Muses, etc.) for blessing, help, inspiration, support, etc. | to resort to or put into use (a law, ruling, ... (27 of 87 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/invoke

Cambridge Dictionary:

invoke [formal] | invocation [noun, derived]

to request or use a power outside yourself, especially a law or a god, to help you when you want to improve a situation | to make someone have a ... (29 of 67 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/invoke

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

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)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0804396​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

invoke | invoked [past tense] | invoking [present participle] | invokes [3rd-person singular present]

to call upon a greater power such as God or a spirit for help | to quote, rely on, or use something such as a law in support of an argument or case | ... (32 of 118 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861622260​/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)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=appeal

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.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/appeal

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)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/appeal show=1

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"

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

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"

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

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

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "appeal"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "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

Audio: North American pronunciation of "appeal"

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YourDictionary Audio:

appeal

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freedictionary.org:

Appeal

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