ap·​par·​ent·​ly | \-lē \

Definition of apparently 

: it seems apparent used to describe something that appears to be true based on what is known an apparently happy marriageThe window had apparently been forced open.Apparently, we're supposed to wait here.

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Sinema and McSally were trading leads throughout Election Day, and have apparently continued to do since then. Li Zhou, Vox, "Democrat Kyrsten Sinema pulls ahead in Arizona Senate race," 9 Nov. 2018 But other countries have apparently continued research into such weapons, without concern about the long-term physical effects a microwave weapon would have on its targets—or perhaps because of them. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "US Intelligence thinks Russia may have microwaved US embassies in Cuba, China," 11 Sep. 2018 But the celeb-on-celeb love apparently continued all through the night and well after the credits rolled. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Halsey and G-Eazy Reportedly Reunited at a VMAs 2018 After-Party," 21 Aug. 2018 As ever, Parkman had moved with impatience — even, apparently, into his own disappearance. Paul Collins,, "What lies in the lab: The gruesome murder at Harvard that transfixed New England," 11 July 2018 Some parents were transferred from detention centers to be closer to children’s shelters, apparently in preparation for reunions. Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "Government moves fitfully, secretly to reunite sundered families," 10 July 2018 Bloomberg Tencent Tension The Wall Street Journal has a piece on Tencent, the Chinese tech powerhouse that is apparently in increasing tension with Beijing over the information shared on its WeChat messaging network. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Xiaomi Flop, Brexit Resignation, Formula Lobbying: CEO Daily for July 9, 2018," 9 July 2018 Stephenson also apparently did not call for any limitations on zero-rating, the practice of exempting some Internet content from data caps, often in exchange for payment from content providers. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "AT&T CEO: State net neutrality and privacy laws are a “total disaster”," 13 Nov. 2018 The Woolsey Fire is apparently responsible for the destruction of Cyrus’s home, which is located in Malibu. Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Loses Home to California Wildfires," 12 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of apparently

1566, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for apparently

Middle English aparenly, apparently "clearly, plainly," from apparaunt, apparent apparent + -ly -ly entry 2

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