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
Compared with neighbors Myanmar, Vietnam, and Laos, Cambodia appears to have a blossoming civil society.
Strangio is at his best when exposing what appears to be a flourishing civil society in Cambodia.
Sadly, it appears the American press often doesn't need any outside help when it comes to censoring themselves.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead | Luke O’Neil | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The email appears to have been a relatively common attempt to gain personal information from a wide range of unwitting victims.
Myerson herself appears to have bought into that stigma, offering mixed to negative views on the Miss America pageant.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America? | Emily Shire | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
On certain of the stems the fertile cone appears and the spores are ripened about June, after which the process withers.How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
The tenor dies; the prima donna appears to do the same, but the libretto consoles you by declaring that she only swoons.Physiology of The Opera | John H. Swaby (AKA "Scrici")
This impulse to extend rule appears more plainly in many of the little ceremonial observances of the child.Children's Ways | James Sully
Her worn-out blue petticoat is lighted up by a moonbeam; in her hand she appears to have a hoe.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D. | Clara Erskine Clement
(p. 054) At this period it appears that tobacco was used as money, and as the measure of price and value.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
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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