Appeal (usage)

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In British academic English, the verb to appeal in its legal or quasi-legal senses is followed by the preposition against - e.g., 'The criminal's lawyer appealed against the court's verdict'. In American English, and in less formal British English, no preposition is necessary: the verb can take a direct object and it is possible to say, e.g., 'The criminal's lawyer appealed the court's verdict'.

  • The verb 'to appeal' may also mean:
    • 'to arouse admiration or affection': something may appeal to an observer - a child's movements may appeal to your sense of humour, or love, or a painting may appeal to you on the grounds of its colours, or shapes; or
    • 'to make a serious request (to someone for something)': e.g., the police might appeal to drivers to avoid an area in which there has been a traffic accident, or for witnesses to that accident. (This use of 'appeal' is also found in a legal context: a convicted criminal may appeal to a judge for leniency.)

See also protest.