An earnest or urgent request, entreaty, or supplication. A resort to a higher authority or greater power, as for sanction, corroboration, or a decision: an appeal to reason; an appeal to her listener's sympathy. Law The transfer of a case from a lower to a higher court for a new hearing. Law A case so transferred. Law A request for a new hearing. The power of attracting or of arousing interest: a city with special appeal for museumgoers. To make an earnest or urgent request, as for help. To have recourse, as for corroboration; resort: I appeal to your sense of justice. Law To make or apply for an appeal. To be attractive or interesting: The idea didn't appeal to me. Law To transfer or apply to transfer (a case) to a higher court for rehearing.