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"appeal" in British English

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appealnoun

uk   us   /əˈpiːl/

appeal noun (REQUEST)

C1 [C] a ​request to the ​public for ​money, ​information, or ​help: They're launching (= ​starting) an appeal to ​raisemoney for ​faminevictims. [+ to infinitive] The ​police have ​issued an appeal to the ​public tostay away from the ​area over the ​weekend.
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appeal noun (LEGAL)

[C or U] a ​request made to a ​court of ​law or to someone in ​authority to ​change a ​previousdecision: 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.
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appeal noun (QUALITY)

B2 [U] the ​quality in someone or something that makes him, her, or it ​attractive or ​interesting: sex appeal Spielberg's ​movies have a wide appeal. This used to be a ​marvelloushotel but it has lostits appeal in ​recentyears.

appealverb

uk   us   /əˈpiːl/

appeal verb (REQUEST)

C1 [I] to make a ​serious or ​formalrequest, ​especially to the ​public, for ​money, ​information, or ​help: They're appealing forclothes and ​blankets to ​send to the ​devastatedregion. The ​police are appealing to the ​public for any ​information about the ​missinggirl. I ​tried to appeal to (= ​ask for ​supportbased on) his ​sense of ​loyalty, ​stressing how good the ​company had been to him. [+ to infinitive] Church ​leaders have appealed to the ​government tohalt the ​war.
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appeal verb (LEGAL)

[I] to ​request a ​highercourt of ​law to ​consider again a ​decision made by a ​lowercourt, ​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 ​court to ​reduce the ​sentence to a ​fine. [I] to ​formallyrequest that a ​legal or ​officialdecision be ​changed: The ​parents appealed against the school's ​decision not to ​admit the ​child. The ​players appealed to the ​referee for a ​freekick.

appeal verb (ATTRACT)

B2 [I not continuous] to ​interest or ​attract someone: It's a ​programmedesigned to appeal ​mainly to 16 to 25-year-olds. I ​think what appeals to me about his ​painting is his use of ​colour.UK I haven't been ​skiing - it's never really appealed.
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(Definition of appeal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"appeal" in American English

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appealverb

 us   /əˈpil/

appeal verb (ATTRACT)

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

appeal verb (ARGUE)

[I/T] to ​requestformally that a ​decision, esp. a ​legal or ​official one, be ​changed: [T] The ​verdict was appealed to a ​highercourt.

appeal verb (REQUEST)

[I] to make a ​serious or ​formalrequest for ​help, esp. in an ​emergency: Blood ​supplies are ​runninglow, and the ​RedCross is appealing for ​blood donations.

appealnoun

 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 ​formalrequest 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 ​formalrequest for ​help, esp. in a ​publicemergency: Many ​charitiesissued an appeal for ​contributions to ​helpvictims of the ​earthquake.
(Definition of appeal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"appeal" in Business English

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appealnoun

uk   us   /əˈpiːl/
[C or U] LAW a ​request to a ​lawcourt or other ​officialorganization to ​change a previous decision: lodge/launch/make an appeal He has 28 days to ​lodge an appeal in the High Court.an appeal against sth Her appeal against the ​dismissal was ​rejected. We ​feel we have plenty of grounds for appeal. an employment/​incometax appeal an appeal ​hearing/​tribunal the appeals ​procedure/​process
[C] a ​request for something, especially ​money, ​information, or ​help: launch/make an appeal The Red Cross ​launched an appeal after a huge earthquake ​hit Haiti.an appeal for sth The Society made an appeal for ​funds to ​purchase the ​building and ​grounds. The ​development and ​modernizationwork is being ​funded from a ​successful capital appeallaunched last ​year.
[U] MARKETING a ​quality that makes ​people like something or want to ​buy it: A well-chosen set of photographs gives the ​bookadded appeal.market/customer appeal The ​products have all been ​researched and ​tested for ​market appeal. have wide/broad/​universal appeal

appealverb

uk   us   /əˈpiːl/
[I or T] LAW to ​ask a ​higherlawcourt to consider again a decision made by a ​lowercourt, 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 ​formallyask for an ​official decision to be ​changed: appeal to sth Any woman who believes she is the ​subject of ​discrimination over ​pensionrights can appeal to an ​industrialtribunal.appeal against sth A ​group of radio ​stations is to appeal against the decision to ​charge huge ​royalties for ​internet radio. Our ​formalcomplaintssystem 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 ​partnercompany has ​localknowledge and will know which ​products appeal.appeal to sb The new ​phone is ​designed to appeal to ​consumers who ​findnormalphonetariffs confusing.
(Definition of appeal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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