Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “appeal”

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of appeal?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “appeal” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

glacial

made or left by a glacier

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More