(noun, verb)


1. earnest or urgent request

- an appeal for help

- an appeal to the public to keep calm

Similar word(s): entreaty, prayer

Definition categories: communication, asking, request

2. attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates

- his smile was part of his appeal to her

Similar word(s): appealingness, charm

Definition categories: attribute, attractiveness

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

- their appeal was denied in the superior court

Definition categories: act, proceeding, proceedings

4. request for a sum of money

- an appeal to raise money for starving children

Similar word(s): collection, ingathering, solicitation

Definition categories: communication, petition, postulation, request


1. take a court case to a higher court for review

- He was found guilty but appealed immediately

Definition categories: social, challenge

2. request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection

- appeal to somebody for help

Similar word(s): invoke

Definition categories: communication, bespeak, quest, request

3. be attractive to

- The idea of a vacation appeals to me

Similar word(s): attract

Definition categories: emotion

4. challenge (a decision)

- She appealed the verdict

Definition categories: social, challenge

5. cite as an authority; resort to

- I appealed to the law of 1900

Similar word(s): invoke

Definition categories: communication, advert, cite, mention, name, refer

Sentences with appeal as a verb:

- That idea appeals to me.