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noun appeal pronunciation in American English /əˈpil/
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singularappeal
pluralappeals
  1. 1
    [countable] an urgent request for people to give you something that you need such as help, money, or information
    appeal for:

    The police have renewed their appeal for help from the public.

    launch an appeal:

    They have launched an appeal to send food to the flood victims.

    1. a.
      a request for people to do something or to behave in a particular way
      appeal for:

      There have been several appeals for an end to the fighting.

      make an appeal:

      Seddon made an emotional appeal for his daughter to contact him.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] a quality that something has that makes people like it or want it

    How do you explain the appeal of horror movies?

    Soccer has popular appeal (=many people enjoy it).

    broaden/widen your appeal (=try to become popular with more people):

    The organization is clearly trying to broaden its appeal among women.

    See also sex appeal
  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] a formal request for a court of law or similar authority to change its decision

    Jones has been released on bail pending an appeal (=until there is an appeal).

    an appeal judge/tribunal/hearing

    appeal against:

    An appeal against his conviction is being considered.

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