Definition of apparent in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈpar(ə)nt/


1Clearly visible or understood; obvious: for no apparent reason she laughed [with clause]: it became apparent that he was talented
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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.
evident, plain, obvious, clear, manifest, visible, discernible, perceptible, perceivable, noticeable, detectable, recognizable, observable;
unmistakable, crystal clear, as clear as crystal, transparent, palpable, patent, distinct, pronounced, marked, striking, conspicuous, overt, blatant, as plain as a pikestaff, staring someone in the face, writ large, written all over someone, as plain as day, beyond (a) doubt, beyond question, self-evident, indisputable
informal as plain as the nose on one's face, standing/sticking out like a sore thumb, standing/sticking out a mile
2Seeming 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.
seeming, ostensible, outward, superficial, surface, supposed, presumed, so-called, alleged, professed, avowed, declared, claimed, purported, pretended, feigned
rare ostensive


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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