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From Old French apeler, from Latin appellō.


  • IPA(key): /əˈpiːl/
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  • Hyphenation: ap‧peal


appeal (third-person singular simple present appeals, present participle appealing, simple past and past participle appealed)

  1. (intransitive) To call upon another to decide a question controverted, to corroborate a statement, to vindicate one's rights, etc.
    • (Can we date this quote by Samuel Horsley and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      I appeal to the Scriptures in the original.
    • (Can we date this quote by Thomas Macaulay and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      They appealed to the sword.
  2. (intransitive) To call on (someone) for aid
    I appeal to all of you to help the orphans.
  3. (transitive, law, chiefly US, informal elsewhere) To apply for the removal of a cause from an inferior to a superior judge or court for the purpose of reexamination or for decision.
  4. (intransitive) To be attractive.
    That idea appeals to me.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
      The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again; for, even after she had conquered her love for the Celebrity, the mortification of having been jilted by him remained.
  5. (intransitive, cricket) To ask an umpire for a decision on whether a batsman is out or not, usually by saying "How's that" or "Howzat".
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To accuse (someone of something).
  7. To summon; to challenge.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Sir Walter Scott
      Man to man will I appeal the Norman to the lists.
  8. To invoke (used with to).
    • 1692, John Milton, A Defence of the People of England, in Answer to Salmasius's Defence of the King, tr. of Defensio pro Populo Anglicano, Ch. II.
      And we are as willing to appeal to the scripture as you.

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appeal (countable and uncountable, plural appeals)

  1. (law)
    1. An application for the removal of a cause or suit from an inferior to a superior judge or court for re-examination or review.
    2. The mode of proceeding by which such removal is effected.
    3. The right of appeal.
    4. An accusation; a process which formerly might be instituted by one private person against another for some heinous crime demanding punishment for the particular injury suffered, rather than for the offense against the public.
      • 1595 December 9 (first known performance)​, William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene i], page 23, column 1:
        OLd Iohn of Gaunt, time-honoured Lancaſter,
        Haſt thou according to thy oath and band
        Brought hither Henry Herford thy bold ſon:
        Heere to make good yͤ boiſtrous late appeale,
        Which then our leyſure would not let vs heare,
        Againſt the Duke of Norfolke, Thomas Mowbray?
    5. An accusation of a felon at common law by one of his accomplices, which accomplice was then called an approver.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Tomlins to this entry?)
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bouvier to this entry?)
  2. A summons to answer to a charge.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of John Dryden to this entry?)
  3. A call to a person or an authority for help, proof or a decision; entreaty.
    He made an appeal for volunteers to help at the festival.
    • (Can we date this quote by Francis Bacon and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      a kind of appeal to the Deity, the author of wonders
    1. (cricket) The act, by the fielding side, of asking an umpire for a decision on whether a batsman is out or not.
  4. Resort to physical means; recourse.
  5. The power to attract or interest.

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Borrowed from English appeal.



  1. appeal (power to attract or interest)
  2. sex appeal