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appeal

verb  us   /əˈpil/

appeal verb (ATTRACT)

[I] to be interesting or attractive: Such music managed to appeal to the tastes of both young and old.

appeal verb (ARGUE)

[I/T] to request formally that a decision, esp. a legal or official one, be changed: [T] The verdict was appealed to a higher court.

appeal verb (REQUEST)

[I] to make a serious or formal request for help, esp. in an emergency: Blood supplies are running low, and the Red Cross is appealing for blood donations.

appeal

noun  us   /əˈpil/

appeal noun (ATTRACTIVENESS)

[U] the quality of being interesting or attractive: Eating out has lost much of its appeal.

appeal noun (LEGAL ARGUMENT)

[C] a formal request that a decision, esp. a legal or official one, be changed: [U] The decision was reversed on appeal.

appeal noun (REQUEST)

[C] a serious or formal request for help, esp. in a public emergency: Many charities issued an appeal for contributions to help victims of the earthquake.
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