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English noun: appeal

1. appeal (communication) earnest or urgent request

SamplesAn entreaty to stop the fighting.
An appeal for help.
An appeal to the public to keep calm.

Synonymsentreaty, prayer

Broader (hypernym)asking, request

Narrower (hyponym)adjuration, courting, courtship, demagoguery, demagogy, plea, solicitation, suit, suit, supplication, wooing

2. appeal (attribute) attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates

SamplesHis smile was part of his appeal to her.

Synonymsappealingness, charm

Broader (hypernym)attractiveness

Narrower (hyponym)siren call, siren song, winsomeness

3. appeal (act) (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

SamplesTheir appeal was denied in the superior court.

Broader (hypernym)legal proceeding, proceeding, proceedings

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

4. appeal (communication) request for a sum of money

SamplesAn appeal to raise money for starving children.

Synonymscollection, ingathering, solicitation

Broader (hypernym)petition, postulation, request

Narrower (hyponym)whip-round

English verb: appeal

1. appeal (social) take a court case to a higher court for review

SamplesHe was found guilty but appealed immediately.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)challenge

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

SamplesAppeal to somebody for help.
Invoke God in times of trouble.


Pattern of useSomething ----s to somebody

Broader (hypernym)bespeak, call for, quest, request

Narrower (hyponym)call on, plead, turn

3. appeal (emotion) be attractive to

SamplesThe idea of a vacation appeals to me.
The beautiful garden attracted many people.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)becharm, beckon, beguile, bewitch, captivate, capture, catch, charm, enamor, enamour, enchant, entrance, fascinate, trance

Antonymsrepel, repulse

4. appeal (social) challenge (a decision)

SamplesShe appealed the verdict.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)challenge, take exception

5. appeal (communication) cite as an authority; resort to

SamplesHe invoked the law that would save him.
I appealed to the law of 1900.
She invoked an ancient law.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)advert, bring up, cite, mention, name, refer

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