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

Related Words for reappear

appear, repeat, return, reenter

Examples from the Web for reappear

Contemporary Examples of reappear

Historical Examples of reappear

  • She wished to reappear in the children of their child for ever.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Dick waited another five minutes, but the shadow did not reappear.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • For some reason unconscionably delaying, the landlady did not reappear.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • It was notified to her that she was forbidden to reappear at Court.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete

    Madame La Marquise De Montespan

  • As a result, it disappears as soon as the sun is up and it will reappear after dark.

    Poisoned Air

    Sterner St. Paul Meek

British Dictionary definitions for reappear



to appear again
Derived Formsreappearance, noun


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 reappear



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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