ap·​par·​ent·​ly ə-ˈper-ənt-lē How to pronounce apparently (audio)
: it seems apparent
used to describe something that appears to be true based on what is known
an apparently happy marriage
The window had apparently been forced open.
Apparently, we're supposed to wait here.

Examples of apparently in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Taylor Swift and Matty Healy are never, ever, ever getting back together — not even to collaborate on a song, apparently. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023 But this, apparently, is just the reality of being a billionaire with the power and influence of a sovereign nation. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 13 Sep. 2023 Investors apparently weren’t impressed with what Apple rolled out Tuesday. Michael Liedtke, Chicago Tribune, 12 Sep. 2023 Ash Tabula apparently has about 97, 000 people in the entire county that ups our population to 2. 5 million. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 12 Sep. 2023 Surveillance footage recovered from the victim's house apparently shows both Yoon and Davies sneaking into McCaw's home through the doggy door on the night of his murder. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 12 Sep. 2023 However, at least one of those schools apparently changed sides as the proposal needed support from 12 of the 15 member schools to pass. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2023 But the charges against 36-year-old Katie Lee Smith did not include murder, which leaves the question of who killed 69-year-old Shirley Smith apparently unanswered. Warren Kulo |, al, 1 Sep. 2023 The film producers were apparently a little less worried about one of Driver’s castmates, though. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 1 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1566, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of apparently was in 1566

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Cite this Entry

“Apparently.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


ap·​par·​ent·​ly ə-ˈpar-ənt-lē How to pronounce apparently (audio)
: it seems apparent : evidently
the door had apparently been forced open
apparently, we're supposed to wait here

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