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appear

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verb ap·pear \ə-ˈpir\

Definition of appear

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to be or come in sight <the sun appears on the horizon> b :  to show up <appears promptly at eight each day>

  3. 2 :  to come formally before an authoritative body <must appear in court today>

  4. 3 :  to have an outward aspect :  seem <appears happy enough>

  5. 4 :  to become evident or manifest <there appears to be evidence to the contrary>

  6. 5 :  to come into public view <first appeared on a television variety show> <the book appeared in print a few years ago>

  7. 6 :  to come into existence <hominids appeared late in the evolutionary chain>



Examples of appear

  1. She appears a nice enough person.

  2. Winning the election appears unlikely at this point.

  3. One by one, the stars appeared in the sky.

  4. The sun began to appear from behind the clouds.

  5. The airplanes seemed to appear out of nowhere.

  6. The storm disappeared as suddenly as it had appeared.

  7. The cat appears at our kitchen door every morning.

  8. One of the guests appeared a few minutes late.

  9. He appeared a little before eight last night.



Origin of appear

Middle English apperen, from Anglo-French aparer, aparoir, from Latin apparēre, from ad- + parēre to show oneself


First Known Use: 13th century



APPEAR Defined for Kids

appear

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verb ap·pear \ə-ˈpir\

Definition of appear

ap·pearedap·pear·ing

  1. 1 :  to come into sight <Stars appeared in the sky.>

  2. 2 :  to present oneself <appear in court>

  3. 3 :  seem 1 <The runner in the lead appears to be tired.>

  4. 4 :  to come before the public <The book appeared last year.>

  5. 5 :  to come into existence <The first dinosaurs appeared around 215 million years ago.>





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