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English definition of “appeal”


verb     /əˈpiːl/
[I or T] LAW to ask a higher law court to consider again a decision made by a lower court , especially in order to reduce or prevent a punishment : appeal to sth They're appealing to the High Court to reduce the fine .appeal against sth The trust appealed against the injunction , but a High Court has yet to rule . appeal a decision / ruling / verdict
[I] to formally ask for an official decision to be changed : appeal to sth Any woman who believes she is the subject of discrimination over pension rights can appeal to an industrial tribunal .appeal against sth A group of radio stations is to appeal against the decision to charge huge royalties for internet radio . Our formal complaints system sets out clearly how to make complaints and how you can appeal decisions .
[I] to ask the public for something such as money , information , or help : appeal for sth How could we appeal for more resources ?appeal to sb for sth We are appealing to the public for information .appeal for/to sb to do sth Detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward .
[I] to interest or attract someone: Our partner company has local knowledge and will know which products appeal.appeal to sb The new phone is designed to appeal to consumers who find normal phone tariffs confusing .
(Definition of appeal verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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