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Main Entry: 2appeal
Function: verb
Etymology: Middle English appelen to accuse, appeal, from Anglo-French apeler, literally, to call, summon, from Latin appellare, from appellere to drive to, from ad- + pellere to drive -- more at FELT
Date: 14th century
transitive verb
1 : to charge with a crime : ACCUSE
2 : to take proceedings to have (a lower court's decision) reviewed in a higher court
intransitive verb
1 : to take a lower court's decision to a higher court for review
2 : to call upon another for corroboration, vindication, or decision
3 : to make an earnest request <appealed to them for help>
4 : to arouse a sympathetic response <that idea appeals to him>
- ap·peal·abil·i·ty /-"pE-l&-'bi-l&-tE/ noun
- ap·peal·able /-'pE-l&-b&l/ adjective
- ap·peal·er noun