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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: apeler 'to accuse, appeal', from Latin appellare, from appellere 'to drive to', from ad- 'to' + pellere 'to drive'

appeal

2 verb
     
appeal2 S3 W3
1

ask

[intransitive] to make a serious public request for help, money, information etc
appeal for
Church and community leaders have appealed for calm.
appeal to
Farmers have appealed to the government for help.
appeal to somebody to do something
The police have appealed to anyone with information to come forward and talk to them.
2

ask to change decision

[intransitive and transitive] to make a formal request to a court or someone in authority asking for a decision to be changed:
She is not happy with the decision and plans to appeal.
appeal against
Both men intend to appeal against their convictions.
appeal to
Appealing to the referee does not often result in a decision being changed.
3

be attractive

[intransitive] if someone or something appeals to you, they seem attractive and interesting
appeal to
The programme appeals to young children.
The idea of working abroad really appeals to me.
4

appeal to somebody's better nature/sense of justice etc

to try to persuade someone to do something by reminding them that it is a good or fair thing to do:
You could always try appealing to his better nature.

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