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appeal

noun uk   /əˈpiːl/ us  

appeal noun (REQUEST)

C1 [C] a request to the public for money, information, or help: They're launching (= starting) an appeal to raise money for famine victims. [+ to infinitive] The police have issued an appeal to the public to stay away from the area at the weekend.

appeal noun (LEGAL)

[C or U] a request made to a law court or to someone in authority to change a previous decision: The case went to the court of appeal/the appeal court. He won his appeal and the sentence was halved. She has lodged (= made) an appeal against the severity of the fine.

appeal noun (QUALITY)

B2 [U] the quality in someone or something that makes him, her, or it attractive or interesting: sex appeal Spielberg films have a wide appeal. This used to be a marvellous hotel but it has lost its appeal in recent years.

appeal

verb uk   /əˈpiːl/ us  

appeal verb (REQUEST)

C1 [I] to make a serious or formal request, especially to the public, for money, information, or help: They're appealing for clothes and blankets to send to the devastated region. The police are appealing to the public for any information about the missing girl. I tried to appeal to (= ask for support based on) his sense of loyalty, stressing how good the company had been to him. [+ to infinitive] Church leaders have appealed to the government to halt the war.

appeal verb (LEGAL)

[I] 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: The teenager has been given leave (= allowed) by the High Court to appeal against her two-year sentence. They're appealing to the High Court to reduce the sentence to a fine. [I] to formally request that a legal or official decision be changed: The parents appealed against the school's decision not to admit the child. The players appealed to the referee for a free kick.

appeal verb (ATTRACT)

B2 [I not continuous] to interest or attract someone: I haven't been skiing - it's never really appealed. It's a programme designed to appeal mainly to 16 to 25-year-olds. I think what appeals to me about his painting is his use of colour.
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