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apparent Syllabification: ap·par·ent
Pronunciation: /əˈperənt/

Definition of apparent in English:


1Clearly visible or understood; obvious: [with clause]: it became apparent that he was talented for no apparent reason she laughed
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  • The dangers were most conspicuously apparent in the vast sums being made from India.
  • Similar interest in evidence based public policy is apparent in other countries.
  • This reassurance gap is a national phenomenon, which is very much apparent in Cumbria.
1.1Seeming real or true, but not necessarily so: his apparent lack of concern
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  • Nationally there is also growing concern at the apparent ease with which real guns can be bought.
  • We all end up paying more to avoid a problem which is normally more apparent than real.
  • In each case our being embodied explains the confusion of apparent with real properties.


Late Middle English: from Old French aparant, from Latin apparent- 'appearing', from the verb apparere (see appear).

Words that rhyme with apparent

arrant, transparent
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