I. verb — [no obj.] 1. make a serious, urgent, or heartfelt request • police are appealing for information about the incident
• she appealed to Germany for political asylum.
2. ( appeal to) — try to persuade someone to do something by calling on (a particular principle or quality) • I appealed to his sense of justice.
[Cricket] (of the bowler or fielders) call on the umpire to declare a batsman out, traditionally with a shout of ‘How’s that?’.
[Law] apply to a higher court for a reversal of the decision of a lower court
• he said he would appeal against the conviction.
5. [with obj.] —
(chiefly N. Amer.) apply to a higher court for a reversal of (the decision of a lower court)
• they have 48 hours to appeal the decision.
6. be attractive or interesting • the range of topics will appeal to youngsters.
II. noun 1. a serious, urgent, or heartfelt request • his mother made an appeal for the return of the ring.
[Cricket] a shout of ‘How’s that?’ or a similar call by a bowler or fielder to an umpire to declare a batsman out.
3. [ mass noun] — entreaty • a look of appeal on his face.
4. an attempt to persuade someone do to something by calling on a particular principle or quality • an appeal to their common cultural values.
[Law] an application to a higher court for a decision to be reversed
• he has 28 days in which to lodge an appeal
• [ mass noun]
the right of appeal.
6. a request for donations to support a charity or cause • a public appeal to raise £120,000.
7. [ mass noun] — the quality of being attractive or interesting • the popular appeal of football.
III. derivatives appealer /əˈpiːlə / noun
– origin Middle English (in legal contexts): from Old French apel (noun), apeler (verb), from Latin appellare ‘to address’, based on ad- ‘to’ + pellere ‘to drive’.