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[uh-peer] /əˈpɪər/
verb (used without object)
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
1250-1300; Middle English ap(p)eren < Anglo-French, Old French aper-, tonic stem of apare(i)r, apparoir < Latin appārēre be seen, appear, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + pārēre be visible
Related forms
reappear, verb (used without object)
well-appearing, adjective
1. emerge, arise. 2. See seem. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for re-appear
Historical Examples
  • I retreated, closing the door and waiting for her to re-appear.

    The Blunders of a Bashful Man Metta Victoria Fuller Victor
  • The kids can disappear somehow, and re-appear some place else.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • They pulled round, still hoping that he might re-appear, but it was in vain.

    The Three Admirals W.H.G. Kingston
  • Modern science teaches that extinct species do not re-appear.

    The Arena Various
  • Behind, in the distance, the banners of an army began to re-appear.

    The River War Winston S. Churchill
  • They re-appear in Roman philosophy—so far as Rome had any philosophy.

  • And she went out, chuckling, to re-appear in about a minute with the rejected tray.

    A Secret of the Lebombo Bertram Mitford
  • She does not re-appear; but Maurice will help me to discover who and what she is.

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
  • The same difficulty will re-appear in the crop grown from the bulblets.

    The Gladiolus

    Matthew Crawford
  • This horse is supposed to re-appear, and is known by the name of the Hel-horse.

British Dictionary definitions for re-appear


verb (intransitive)
to come into sight or view
(copula; may take an infinitive) to seem or look: the evidence appears to support you
to be plain or clear, as after further evidence, etc: it appears you were correct after all
to develop or come into being; occur: faults appeared during testing
to become publicly available; be published: his biography appeared last month
to perform or act: he has appeared in many London productions
to be present in court before a magistrate or judge: he appeared on two charges of theft
Word Origin
C13: from Old French aparoir, from Latin appārēre to become visible, attend upon, from pārēre to appear
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Word Origin and History for re-appear

also reappear, 1610s, from re- "back, again" + appear. Related: Reappeared; reappearing.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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