verb (used without object)

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 formsre·ap·pear, verb (used without object)well-ap·pear·ing, adjective

Synonyms for appear

1. emerge, arise. 2. See seem. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for re-appear

Historical Examples of re-appear

  • 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


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

    The River War

    Winston S. Churchill

British Dictionary definitions for re-appear


verb (intr)

to come into sight or view
(copula; may take an infinitive) to seem or lookthe evidence appears to support you
to be plain or clear, as after further evidence, etcit appears you were correct after all
to develop or come into being; occurfaults appeared during testing
to become publicly available; be publishedhis biography appeared last month
to perform or acthe has appeared in many London productions
to be present in court before a magistrate or judgehe appeared on two charges of theft

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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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.

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