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verb     appeal pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleappealing
past tenseappealed
past participleappealed
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to make an urgent request for people to give you something that you need such as help, money, or information
    appeal (to someone) for something:

    They’re appealing to local businesses for sponsorship money.

    1. a.
      to ask people to do something or to behave in a particular way, especially in a difficult situation
      appeal for calm/unity/restraint:

      As the crisis grew worse, local community leaders appealed for unity.

      appeal to someone to do something:

      She appealed to her former husband to return their baby son.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] if something appeals to you, you like it or want it
    appeal to:

    The show’s direct approach will appeal to children.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to formally ask a court of law or similar authority to change its decision
    appeal against:

    Green’s family say they will appeal against the verdict.

    leave to appeal (=the right to appeal):

    The Board refused to grant them leave to appeal.

    appeal a decision/verdict:

    The parties can appeal the decision within 14 days.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] to try to get someone to do or accept something by making them think it is a sensible or fair thing to do
    appeal to:

    Max appealed to her good sense to make her change her mind.

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