- 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 appearing
Scalise offered his contrition that he had made a mistake and apologized for appearing before a group some 12 years ago.Reverend Jeremiah Wright Was Worse Than Scalise
January 2, 2015
And then a lot of these essays are appearing on the internet, and many of these personal essays are by women.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
They pulled up in unmarked cars and on motorcycles, appearing en masse out of the darkness.Eric Garner Protests: ‘It’s Like Vietnam’
Abby Haglage, Caitlin Dickson, Jacob Siegel, Chris Allbritton
December 5, 2014
Doar and his staff prepared for the hearing as if they were appearing before the Supreme Court.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era
November 15, 2014
First appearing in 1779, sex-assignment surgeries became increasingly popular from the nineteenth century onward.Intersexuality and God Through the Ages
November 9, 2014
The eyes, either closed in sleep or appearing to be, heightened the effect.Quaint Courtships
It is but bare justice to him to say that he had no notion of appearing good to Stevie.The Secret Agent
What could be the cause of her appearing there in that state?The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
And there was no end to that terrible march past; fresh pilgrims were ever appearing.
Her eyelids, too, were reddening, and blotches were appearing on her skin.
- 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 appearing
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.