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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb appeal:

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Definition of the noun appeal

What does appeal mean as a name of something?

Appeal is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: appeals

  1. earnest or urgent request
    • examples: an appeal for help | an appeal to the public to keep calm
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of appeal: entreaty / prayer
    • more generic words: asking / request = the verbal act of requesting
    • more specific words:
  2. attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates
    • example: his smile was part of his appeal to her
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of appeal: appealingness / charm
    • more generic word: attractiveness = sexual allure
    • more specific terms:
  3. (law) a legal proceeding in which the appellant resorts to a higher court for the purpose of obtaining a review of a lower court decision and a reversal of the lower court's judgment or the granting of a new trial
  4. request for a sum of money

Alternative definition of the noun appeal


  1. [legal] (a) An application for the removal of a cause or suit from an inferior to a superior judge or court for reëxamination or review. (b) The mode of proceeding by which such removal is effected. (c) The right of appeal. (d) 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. (e) An accusation of a felon at common law by one of his accomplices, which accomplice was then called an approver. --Tomlins. --Bouvier.
  2. A summons to answer to a charge. --John Dryden.
  3. A call upon a person or an authority for proof or decision, in one's favor; reference to another as witness; a call for help or a favor; entreaty.
  4. Resort to physical means; recourse.
  5. The power to attract or interest
  6. [cricket]: the act, by the fielding side, of asking an umpire for a decision of whether a batsman is out or not.

Definition of the verb appeal

What does appeal mean as a doing word?

Appeal is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: appealed | appealing | appeals

  1. take a court case to a higher court for review
    • example: He was found guilty but appealed immediately
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic word: challenge = issue a challenge to
  2. request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection
    • example: appeal to somebody for help
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of appeal: invoke
    • more generic terms: ask for / bespeak / call for / quest / request = express the need or desire for
    • more specific terms:
      • plead = appeal or request earnestly
      • call on / turn = have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to
  3. be attractive to
  4. challenge (a decision)
    • example: She appealed the verdict
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic terms: challenge / take exception = raise a formal objection in a court of law
  5. cite as an authority; resort to

Alternative definition of the verb appeal


  1. [transitive, obsolete] To accuse (someone of something).
  2. [transitive, legal, chiefly US] To apply for the removal of a cause from an inferior to a superior judge or court for the purpose of reexamination of for decision. --Tomlins. WP
  3. [transitive] To call upon another to decide a question controverted, to corroborate a statement, to vindicate one's rights, etc.; as, I appeal to all mankind for the truth of what is alleged. Hence: To call on one for aid; to make earnest request.
  4. [intransitive] To be attractive; as, that idea appeals to me means I find the idea attractive.
  5. [intransitive, cricket] To ask an umpire for a decision of whether a batsman is out or not


"Appeal" is a composition.


"Appeal" is an 1836 lyrical poem written by Mihály Vörösmarty.


  1. Appeal: In law, an appeal is a process for requesting a formal change to an official decision. Very broadly speaking there are appeals on the record and de novo appeals. In de novo appeals, a new decision maker re-hears the case without any reference to the prior decision maker. In appeals on the record, the decision of the prior decision maker is challenged by arguing that he or she misapplied the law, came to an incorrect factual finding, acted in excess of his jurisdiction, abused his powers, was biased, considered evidence which he should not have considered, or failed to consider evidence that he should have considered.
  2. Appeal: In the sport of cricket, an appeal is the act of a player on the fielding team asking an umpire for a decision regarding whether a batsman is out or not. According to the Laws of Cricket, an umpire may not rule a batsman out unless the fielding side appeals. There have been occasions when a batsman has otherwise technically been out, but the fielding team neglected to appeal so the umpire did not declare them out. An appeal may be made at any point before the bowler starts his run-up for the next ball.
  3. Appeal: In parliamentary procedure, an appeal from the decision of the chair is used to challenge a ruling of the chair.
    • also known as 申訴動議
  4. Appeal is a TV program.
    • begun on and completed on
    • country: South Korea
  5. Appeal is a food and healthy lifestyle publication designed to inform customers of Save-On-Foods and Overwaitea Food Group stores across B.C. and Alberta. Appeal is published twice per year by Canada Wide Media Limited.

Phrases with Appeal

Phrases starting with the word Appeal:

  1. appeal board
  2. Appeal to Authority

Phrases ending with the word Appeal:

  1. to appeal
  2. sex appeal
  3. Curb Appeal
  4. Street Appeal
  5. personal appeal

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Appeal

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Google previewReports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Louisiana (1883)

by Louisiana. Supreme Court

An appeal is the act by which one of the parties to a suit has recourse to a superior tribunal, in order to have the...

Google previewSartre's Ethics of Engagement (2009)

by T. Storm Heter

An appeal is a general comportment to another person's freedom that simultaneously 'looks' at that freedom and yet does not alienate it.

Google previewJudicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases (1904)

Such appeal is a process by which the superior court is enabled to determine the legality of certain specified actions of...

Appeal is the mode of transmission of a cause to the Supreme Court by notice given in open court, or by application to ...

Google previewHegel's Ethics of Recognition (1998)

by Robert R. Williams

Rather the appeal bears an uncanny similarity to Fichte's Auffor- derung.49 "The appeal is a request made by someone to someone in the name of something The appeal is the recognition of a personal freedom in a situation by a personal ...

Google previewAnnotated Cases, American and English (1908)

Containing the Important Cases Selected from the Current American, Canadian, and English Reports, Thoroughly Annotated by Henry Noyes Greene, William Mark McKinney, David Shepard Garland

_ _ _ “ An appeal is a process'of C1\/'ll-laW'0l'lglll, and is the appropriate mode of review for causes originating in a court of_chancery. Unless statutes otherwise provide, it removes the whole cause, subjecting the facts as well as the law to ...

Google previewA Critique for Ecology (1991)

by Robert Henry Peters

Appeal is a difficult criterion to examine because it is an amalgam of strong science, good presentation,

Google previewCode of Federal Regulations (2006)


The OHA appeal is an administrative remedy that must be exhausted before judicial review of a formal size determination may be sought in a court. (b) OHA will not review a formal Size determination where the contract has been awarded and ...

Google previewSupreme Court Advance Decisions -- Volume 59.

Remedial Law; Civil Procedure; Appeal; The right to appeal is a statutory right and a party who seeks to avail of the right must faithfully comply with the rules. — Petitioners' plea for liberality in applying these rules in preparing Appellants' Brief ...

Google previewA Digest of the Laws of England (1793)

by Sir John Comyns

N appeal is an accusation of another in a legal form, for a crime by him committed .

Google previewRenting Out Your Property For Dummies (2011)

by Melanie Bien, Griswold

The kerb appeal is the impression created when the building is first seen from the street. Properties that have well-kept grounds with green grass, trimmed hedges, beautiful flowers, and fresh paint are much more appealing to prospective ...

Google previewLitigating in America (2006)

Civil Procedure in Context by Stephen Subrin, Margaret Y. K. Woo

One final avenue for a losing party to contest the court's judgment prior to a formal appeal is the Rule 59 motion for a new trial. Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(a). A losing party may petition for a new trial no later than ten days after the entry of judgment. Fed ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Oklahoma (1999)

by Nancy Capace

The Corporation Commission, upon the execution of such suspending or supersedeas bond, shall forthwith require the appealing party, under penalty of immediate enforcement (pending) the appeal and notwithstanding any supersedeas), ...

Google previewThe British Encyclopedia, Or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1809)

Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge : Illustrated with Upwards of 150 Elegant Engravings. A - B. 1 by William Nicholson

Appeal, in common law, is taken for the accusation of a murderer by a person who had interest in the party killed; or of a felon by an accomplice.” It is prosecuted either by writ or by bill: by Writ, When 8 writ is purchased out of the Chancery by ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Zionism (2013)

by Rafael Medoff, Chaim I. Waxman

Party New Zionist Organization of America Poalei Agudat Israel Palestine Liberation Organization United Hebrew Resistance United Israel Appeal United Jewish Appeal X • ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS UPA United Palestine Appeal ...

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Quotes about Appeal

I don't know what sex appeal is. I don't think you can have sex appeal knowingly. The people who seduce me personally are the people who seem not to know they're seductive, and not to know they have sex appeal. (Omar Sharif)
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The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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