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.
- re·ap·pear, verb (used without object)
- well-ap·pear·ing, adjective
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How to use appear in a sentence
Over recent months, many private and parochial schools have reported students or staff who tested positive or appeared symptomatic for the coronavirus.Montgomery County urges private schools to consider move to all-virtual learning | Donna St. George | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Covid-19 infection rates incommunities and schoolsIn-person schooling does not appear to increase the risk of covid-19 transmission for staff and students, according to data from New York state.Schools are not spreading covid-19. This new data explains why. | Emily Oster | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Late last week, the usually responsive woman appeared lethargic, “as though she was in a deep sleep,” said daughter Derede McAlpin.Maryland and Virginia nursing homes battle explosive covid-19 outbreaks — again | Rebecca Tan, Rachel Chason | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Murray appeared to hurt his throwing shoulder on a hit early in the game.Kyler Murray runs out of miracles as Seahawks hang on to take over first place in NFC West | Mark Maske | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
“It is the 1775 of our generation,” declared fellow strike force team member Sidney Powell, who once appeared on Fox Business to claim that an immigrant “invasion” is spreading “polio-like paralysis” among American children.Rudy Giuliani’s post-election meltdown starts to become literal | Dan Zak, Josh Dawsey | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
I remember all our music appeared on Spotify overnight, without anybody asking us.
He appeared to understand however belatedly that he was in the presence of another kind of greatness.
That quote has been misattributed to him since it first appeared in 1881, when Ben would have been 175 years old.
And that was well before this Christmas, when he appeared to joke about Obama being a Muslim.How James Woods Became Obama’s Biggest Twitter Troll | Asawin Suebsaeng | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Now imagine that one day hope appeared, an unexpected opportunity to free yourself, to finally be yourself.The Insurance Company Promised a Gender Reassignment. Then They Made a Mistake. | James Joiner | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A tall phantom in livery appeared, as if by magic, and signed to me to ascend the grand staircase.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
The moon seemed to smile on him; the aurora appeared to dance with unwonted vigour, as if in glee; the very stars winked at him!The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
The thought seemed to produce the dreaded object, for next moment a large hummock appeared right ahead.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
At last there appeared some probability of their accomplishing this, after a most curious and truly Mexican fashion.
We were in the midst of it, and having a merry time, when the door suddenly opened and Liszt appeared.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
British Dictionary definitions for appear
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
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