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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China has claimed an advantage in this area, having apparently already mounted a railgun on a ship while the equivalent U.S. Navy program will not go to sea until at least 2020 (and even that looks doubtful). David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need to Know About the South China Sea, the World's Next Hot Spot," 27 Feb. 2019 Some Windows users had apparently complained that the old, empty folders were still left even after enabling KFR. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Windows 10 October 2018 Update no longer deletes your data," 10 Oct. 2018 Windows 10’s next update will apparently be named the Windows 10 April 2019 Update, continuing Microsoft’s trend of handing out pedestrian names to what have recently been equally pedestrian releases. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10's April 2019 Update should be as straightforward as its name," 25 Jan. 2019 Of all the amazing and (sometimes) unsettling ways your body changes during pregnancy, your feet swelling for apparently no reason may be one of the more alarming. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What Jessica Simpson—and Every Other Pregnant Person—Should Know About Swollen Feet," 11 Jan. 2019 Earlier in the episode, Rebecca has a moment with Tess after Kate apparently told her Tess came out. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Just Dropped Two Massive Bombshells," 28 Nov. 2018 Of course, aside from the fact that apparently everyone was told to wear black, except Kim. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "You Have to See This Photoshop Fail in the New "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" Promo Pics," 25 Sep. 2018 Initially hoping to draw the interest of younger attendees, all sides were apparently stunned at the overwhelming response. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "There's Real Money in Virtual Farming," 23 Jan. 2019 In 2019, searches for oxtail recipes have apparently gone up over 200 percent. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "9 Healthy Foods Pinterest Can't Wait to Make in 2019," 16 Jan. 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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