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appear

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verb (used without object)

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RELATED WORDS

materialize, emerge, develop, show, surface, occur, arrive, come, present, perform, play, enter, loom, attend, recur, spring, expose, rise, arise, issue

Nearby words

appd., appeal, appeal play, appealing, appealingly, appear, appear as, appearance, appearance money, appeasable, appease

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
SYNONYMS FOR appear
2 See seem.
Related formsre·ap·pear, verb (used without object)well-ap·pear·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for appearing

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for appearing

appear


v.

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.

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