Verb appeal Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


appeal (third-person singular simple present appeals, present participle appealing, simple past and past participle appealed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To accuse (someone of something).
  2. (transitive, law, chiefly US, informal elsewhere) To apply for the removal of a cause from an inferior to a superior judge or court for the purpose of reexamination or for decision.
  3. (intransitive) To call upon another to decide a question controverted, to corroborate a statement, to vindicate one's rights, etc.
  4. (intransitive) To call on (someone) for aid
  5. (intransitive) To be attractive.
  6. (intransitive, cricket) To ask an umpire for a decision on whether a batsman is out or not, usually by saying "How's that" or "Howzat".
  7. To summon; to challenge.
  8. To invoke.

More definition: earnest request for aid, support, sympathy, mercy, etc.; entreaty; petition; plea.

2.a request or reference to some person or authority for a decision, corroboration, judgment, etc.

3.Law. an application or proceeding for review by a higher tribunal. (in a legislative body or assembly) a formal question as to the correctness of a ruling by a presiding officer. Obsolete. a formal charge or accusation.

4.the power or ability to attract, interest, amuse, or stimulate the mind or emotions, The game has lost its appeal.

5.Obsolete. a summons or challenge. ask for aid, support, mercy, sympathy, or the like; make an earnest entreaty, The college appealed to its alumni for funds.

7.Law. to apply for review of a case or particular issue to a higher tribunal. have need of or ask for proof, a decision, corroboration, etc. be especially attractive, pleasing, interesting, or enjoyable, The red hat appeals to me.

10.Law. to apply for review of (a case) to a higher tribunal. Obsolete. to charge with a crime before a tribunal.
1.appeal to the country, British. country (def 16).

1. a request for relief, aid, etc

2. the power to attract, please, stimulate, or interest, a dress with appeal

3. an application or resort to another person or authority, esp a higher one, as for a decision or confirmation of a decision

4. (law) the judicial review by a superior court of the decision of a lower tribunal a request for such review the right to such review

5. (cricket) a verbal request to the umpire from one or more members of the fielding side to declare a batsman out

6. (English law) (formerly) a formal charge or accusation, appeal of felony verb

7. (intransitive) to make an earnest request for relief, support, etc

8. (intransitive) to attract, please, stimulate, or interest

9. (law) to apply to a superior court to review (a case or particular issue decided by a lower tribunal)

10. (intransitive) to resort (to), as for a decision or confirmation of a decision1
1. (intransitive) (cricket) to ask the umpire to declare a batsman out1

2. (intransitive) to challenge the umpire's or referee's decision Derived Formsappealable, adjectiveappealer, noun Word OriginC14, from Old French appeler, from Latin appellāre to entreat (literally, to approach), from pellere to push, driveCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
early 14c., originally in legal sense of "to call" to a higher judge or court, from Anglo-French apeler "to call upon, accuse," Old French apeler "make an appeal" (11c., Modern French appeler), from Latin appellare "to accost, address, appeal to, summon, name," iterative of appellere "to prepare," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + pellere "to beat, drive" (see pulse (n.1)). Related, Appealed; appealing.Probably a Roman metaphoric extension of a nautical term for "driving a ship toward a particular landing." Popular modern meaning "to be attractive or pleasing" is quite recent, attested from 1907 (appealing in this sense is from 1891), from the notion of "to address oneself in expectation of a sympathetic response."
c.1300, in the legal sense, from Old French apel (Modern French appel), back-formation from apeler (see appeal (v.)). Meaning "call to an authority" is from 1620s; that of "attractive power" attested by 191



Can you not see the appeal of a source of appeasement to a creature older than time?

She oozed fragile innocence and sultry sex appeal, her allure capable of ensnaring even a deity.

No appeal of yours will work in his favor.

Sarah never understood the appeal, preferring their estates in Europe.

While he didn't understand why Tim wanted this woman protected, he saw her appeal: intelligence, artlessness, and perceptiveness combined with a general good will.

Seems like it would appeal to your cruel streak of messing with people to see what they'll do.

The idea certainly had its appeal, especially so after seeing how Matthew responded to the puppy.

She refused to give into the sex appeal that made grown women faint in front of him.

This appeal produced a painful impression.

The United States has received from the Greek government an urgent appeal for financial and economic assistance.

The fact it was accessible to everyone—after all, who didn't have a dime?—made it appeal to people of all ages and stations.

This appeal is to a certain degree valid; for, indeed, those additional harmonies of language and beauties of thought which make style are the gifts of the gods.

But, if I put my head deliberately into the fire, there is no appeal to fire or to the Maker of fire, and I have only myself to blame.

At the beginning of July more and more disquieting reports about the war began to spread in Moscow; people spoke of an appeal by the Emperor to the people, and of his coming himself from the army to Moscow.

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