Pronunciation: (u-pēl'),[key] —n. 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.
3. Law. 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.
—v.i. 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.
—v.t. 1. Law. 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).