ap‧peal1 S2 W1
an urgent request for something important
The police have issued a new appeal for information.
All the organizations involved have sent urgent appeals to the government, asking for extra funding.
The girl's family have made a public appeal for help to try and catch her killer.
appeal to somebody to do something
an appeal to the army to not use too much force
an attempt to persuade people to give money in order to help people who need something:
request for money[countable]
The appeal has nearly reached its target of £100,000.
The hospital has launched an appeal to raise money for new equipment.
a formal request to a court or to someone in authority asking for a decision to be changed
request to change decision[uncountable and countable]
an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights
The sentence was reduced to three years on appeal.
All prisoners have a right of appeal.
He has lodged an appeal against the size of the fine.
a quality that makes people like something or someone:
What is the particular appeal of this island?
The programme has a very wide appeal.
The film has great appeal for young audiences.
She's definitely got sex appeal (=she is sexually attractive).