Definition of appear in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈpir/


[no object]
1Come into sight; become visible or noticeable, typically without visible agent or apparent cause: smoke appeared on the horizon
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  • 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.
become visible, come into view, come into sight, materialize, pop up
be revealed, emerge, surface, manifest itself, become apparent, become evident, come to light;
arise, crop up
1.1Come into existence or use: the major life forms appeared on earth
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  • 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 years
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  • 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.
become available, come on the market, go on sale, come out, be published, be produced
1.3Feature or be shown: the symbol appears in many paintings of the period
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  • 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 Broadway
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  • 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.
perform, play, act
1.5(Of an accused person, witness, or lawyer) make an official appearance in a court of law: he appeared on six charges of theft
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  • 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 appeared
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  • 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.
arrive, turn up, put in an appearance, come, get here/there
informal show (up), roll in, blow in
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 rebuke
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  • 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.
seem to be, look to be, give the impression of being, come across as being, strike someone as being


Middle English: from Old French apareir, from Latin apparere, from ad- 'toward' + parere 'come into view'.

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