- 1Come into sight; become visible or noticeable, typically without visible agent or apparent cause: smoke appeared on the horizonMore example sentences
- The supervisors or any other voter would never notice this fraud since no visible sign would appear.
- From time to time as a gap in the trees appears I catch sight of this glistening stretch of cobalt blue water below.
- Around one corner, a hundred goats suddenly appeared, in no apparent hurry to let us by.
- 1.1Come into existence or use: the major life forms appeared on earthMore example sentences
- It simply came into existence, appearing as precipitously as a flash of lightning.
- It should be remembered, however, that the legal conditions now in existence did not appear out of the blue.
- In another line, a major shape gene appeared that also caused female sterility.
- 1.2(Of a book) be published: the paperback edition didn’t appear for another two yearsMore example sentences
become available, come on the market, go on sale, come out, be published, be produced
- Thus, some viewers were directed to stories that did not appear in their edition of the newspaper.
- He continued to aim at international recognition with his second paper, written again in French, appearing in 1844 published by a colleague in his journal.
- Volumes of harp airs also began to appear, published in London.
- 1.3Feature or be shown: the symbol appears in many paintings of the periodMore example sentences
- This is the case with variables 2 and 4, whose scatter diagram appears in Figure 11.9.
- Likewise, the cross that appears in a figure's hand is out of his own hand.
- In fact, this particular phrase appears in other parts of both documents.
- 1.4Perform publicly in a movie, play, etc.: he appeared on BroadwayMore example sentences
- She added that she would be consulting a solicitor about possible legal action if it were found that she had appeared on film.
- Other members of the public appear throughout the film, in walkthrough roles in pubs, buses and streets.
- They appeared on a microbudget Granada show, filmed in their own homes.
- 1.5(Of an accused person, witness, or lawyer) make an official appearance in a court of law: he appeared on six charges of theftMore example sentences
- I appeared in Worthing Magistrates court when Jack was given unconditional bail and told these facts to the court and the magistrate.
- He'd never appeared in the Supreme Court and he came into this case very, very late.
- Although the matter has been called today, she has not appeared in the Court.
- 1.6 • informal Arrive at a place: by ten o’clock Bill still hadn’t appearedMore example sentences
- They wait over 21 years for one to arrive and two appear in the same season.
- A few minutes after Steph and Lewis arrived, Josh appeared at the downstairs door.
- He appears on the scene of action ready for battle on the appointed day, and there he meets others like himself, brought up by the same summons.
- 2Seem; give the impression of being: [with infinitive]: she appeared not to know what was happening [with clause]: it appears unlikely that interest rates will fall [with complement]: he appeared unaware of the rebukeMore example sentences
seem to be, look to be, give the impression of being, come across as being, strike someone as being
- My own impression is that it appears as from another planet and does nothing to put the heart or soul back in the centre of Bradford.
- It appears unlikely at this stage and it is difficult to imagine him wanting to inhabit the rather obsessive world that managers must live in.
- It appears unlikely that the referees will have enough support to force the meeting which will mean a continuation of the dispute.
Middle English: from Old French apareir, from Latin apparere, from ad- 'toward' + parere 'come into view'.