Pronunciation: (u-pēl'), [key]
1. an earnest request for aid, support, sympathy, mercy, etc.; entreaty; petition; plea.
2. a request or reference to some person or authority for a decision, corroboration, judgment, etc.
a. an application or proceeding for review by a higher tribunal.
b. (in a legislative body or assembly) a formal question as to the correctness of a ruling by a presiding officer.
c. Obs.a formal charge or accusation.
4. the power or ability to attract, interest, amuse, or stimulate the mind or emotions: The game has lost its appeal.
5. Obs.a summons or challenge.
1. to ask for aid, support, mercy, sympathy, or the like; make an earnest entreaty: The college appealed to its alumni for funds.
2. Law.to apply for review of a case or particular issue to a higher tribunal.
3. to have need of or ask for proof, a decision, corroboration, etc.
4. to be especially attractive, pleasing, interesting, or enjoyable: The red hat appeals to me.
a. to apply for review of (a case) to a higher tribunal.
b. Obs.to charge with a crime before a tribunal.
2. appeal to the country, Brit.See country (def. 11).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.