- to come into sight; become visible: A man suddenly appeared in the doorway.
- to have the appearance of being; seem; look: to appear wise.
- to be obvious or easily perceived; be clear or made clear by evidence: It appears to me that you are right.
- to come or be placed before the public; be published: Her biography appeared last year.
- to perform publicly, as in a play, dance, etc.: He appeared as the king in the play.
- to attend or be present, especially to arrive late or stay but a short time: He appeared at the party but left quickly.
- to come into being; be created, invented, or developed: Speech appears in the child's first or second year.
- Law. to come formally, especially as a party or counsel, to a proceeding before a tribunal, authority, etc.
Origin of appear
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Examples from the Web for appear
States were encouraged and allowed to lower standards to make it appear they were improving.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future
January 3, 2015
I had the opportunity to appear on the popular Sons of Anarchy series in their final season.Porn Stars on the Year in Porn: Drone Erotica, Belle Knox, and Wild Sex
December 27, 2014
But on Monday, when he was scheduled to appear in court, KSM was back in his detention site.9/11 Mastermind Is Afraid of the Ladies
December 16, 2014
They are true believers and appear to love working for the man.Honey Boo Boo, Snake Oil, and Ebola: The Weird World of Young Living Essential Oils
December 5, 2014
But she is, in her way, holding a mirror up to nature, and objects in this mirror may be closer than they appear.Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?
December 4, 2014
They did not appear frightened, but he could not make anything out of them.Explorations in Australia
She was trying to extort a promise that she should appear in its pages, which, as we all remember, she did.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Grievously disordered they appear to be, as Hannah tells me.
We will not appear like fools in this matter, and as if we have no authority over our own daughter.
The Arabs also appear to have held similar opinions as to the power of music.
- to come into sight or view
- (copula; may take an infinitive) to seem or lookthe evidence appears to support you
- to be plain or clear, as after further evidence, etcit appears you were correct after all
- to develop or come into being; occurfaults appeared during testing
- to become publicly available; be publishedhis biography appeared last month
- to perform or acthe has appeared in many London productions
- to be present in court before a magistrate or judgehe appeared on two charges of theft
Word Origin and History for appear
late 13c., "to come into view," from stem of Old French aparoir (12c., Modern French apparoir) "appear, come to light, come forth," from Latin apparere "to appear, come in sight, make an appearance," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + parere "to come forth, be visible," from PIE root *per- "to bring forth" (see pare). Of persons, "present oneself," late 14c. Meaning "seem, have a certain appearance" is late 14c. Related: Appeared; appearing.