ap·​par·​ent·​ly | \ ə-ˈper-ənt-lē How to pronounce apparently (audio) , -ˈpa-rənt\

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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Outrage, apparently, lasts only so long when looking good and consumer desire are involved. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "The Resurrection of Dolce & Gabbana," 12 June 2019 The answer, apparently, is only in the event of a true quiche emergency. Robert Channick,, "Hyatt sues union to let chefs keep a hand in food preparation at its hotels," 10 June 2019 Home of the Celtics, the Red Sox, the Bruins, and apparently, Bigfoot benefactors. Deanna Pan,, "Why a Boston lawyer bankrolled the man behind the FBI’s infamous Bigfoot file," 10 June 2019 The idea, apparently, is for officials to screen for wrongdoers and terrorist sympathisers. The Economist, "Foreign travellers to America face scrutiny of their online activity," 8 June 2019 The College Board’s new purpose, apparently, is to reduce students’ whole identities—not just their intellects—to numbers. Annie Abrams, The New Republic, "The College Board Hopes to Profit from “Adversity”," 6 June 2019 That, apparently, was what it was supposed to look like. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Weirdest Stories We've Ever Told," 4 June 2019 This was a big deal apparently, in New York, to an extent that Frazier had to explain himself two days later. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's TML: MLB's netting issue is complicated and we can't make the world disaster-proof.," 30 May 2019 Mario Batali’s fall from grace is, apparently, not over yet. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Mario Batali Is Facing a Criminal Charge for Allegedly Groping a Woman," 23 May 2019

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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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