appeal noun

1 serious request for sth you need/want very much

ADJ. desperate, emergency, emotional, urgent | direct | fresh, further a fresh appeal for witnesses to come forward | mute She gazed at him in mute appeal.

VERB + APPEAL issue, make They made a direct appeal to the government for funding.

PREP. ~ for an appeal for help | ~ to an appeal to reason

2 formal request to sb in authority

ADJ. formal, personal

VERB + APPEAL bring, file, lodge, make He's lodged an appeal against the size of the fine. | win | lose | allow (formal), consider, hear The judge has agreed to allow his appeal. The court will hear the appeal on 10 June. | uphold His appeal was upheld and he was released immediately. | deny, dismiss, reject, throw out, turn down

APPEAL + VERB fail | succeed

APPEAL + NOUN court, tribunal | hearing | judge | procedure, process, system

PREP. on ~ On appeal, it was held that the judge was correct. | under ~ a case currently under appeal | ~ against an appeal against his conviction of fraud | ~ for an appeal for leniency | ~ to an appeal to the High Court

PHRASES a court of appeal, give/grant sb leave to appeal, grounds of appeal, pending appeal The players have been suspended pending appeal. | a right of appeal You have the right of appeal to the Consitutional Court.

3 event for raising money

ADJ. charity, fund-raising | radio, television

VERB + APPEAL hold, launch An appeal is to be launched on behalf of the refugees. | back, support

APPEAL + VERB raise sth The radio appeal raised over three million pounds.


4 attraction/interest

ADJ. considerable, great, growing, obvious, powerful, special, strong | immediate, instant the book's immediate apeal to young children | limited, little | broad, mass, popular, universal, wide a publication designed for mass appeal | aesthetic, commercial, electoral, intellectual, sex, visual Unfortunately, the film lacks commercial appeal.

VERB + APPEAL have, hold His views hold no appeal for me. | broaden, extend, widen We are trying to broaden the appeal of classical music. | lose

APPEAL + VERB lie in sth His considerable appeal lies in his quiet, gentle manner.

PREP. ~ for School lost its appeal for her in the second year.

appeal verb

1 make serious request for sth

ADV. directly He went over the heads of union officials, appealing directly to the workforce.

PREP. for, to Police have appealed to the public for information about the crime.

2 to sb in authority

ADV. succesfully, unsuccessfully | directly

PREP. against She appealed unsuccessfully against her conviction for murder. | to He has decided to appeal to the European Court.

3 be attractive/interesting to sb

ADV. enormously, really, strongly The prospect of teaching such bright children appealed enormously. The idea of retiring early really appeals to me. | directly

PREP. to These characters will appeal directly to children's imaginations.