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appear

[ uh-peer ]
/ əˈpɪər /
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verb (used without object)

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Origin of appear

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English ap(p)eren, from Anglo-French, Old French aper-, tonic stem of apare(i)r, apparoir, from Latin appārēre “to be seen, appear,” equivalent to ap-ap-1 + pārēre “to be visible”

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2. See seem.

OTHER WORDS FROM appear

re·ap·pear, verb (used without object)well-ap·pear·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for appear

appear
/ (əˈpɪə) /

verb (intr)

Word Origin for appear

C13: from Old French aparoir, from Latin appārēre to become visible, attend upon, from pārēre to appear
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