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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Hopefully, the Anfield crowd don't adapt that nickname to fall in line with what is - apparently - the right way to say Shaqiri., "8 Champions League Players Whose Names You Have Definitely Been Pronouncing Wrong," 16 Sep. 2019 But there’s a catch—apparently, the treatment could kill you. Wired, "A Detox Drug Promises Miracles—If It Doesn't Kill You First," 15 Sep. 2019 That was the idea, apparently, behind an unusual safety innovation of the ‘60s: bumpers filled with water. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: A victory for Trump’s asylum ban," 12 Sep. 2019 Not so, apparently—at least according to an old friend of Kate Middleton's. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince William Was the Real Royal "Playboy" During His 20s, According One of Kate Middleton's Friends," 7 Sep. 2019 The goal, apparently, is to roll out the scanners at Whole Foods stores across the country. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Why Amazon Wants to Scan Your Hands," 4 Sep. 2019 One of the few (apparently) revealing scenes in the series shows defensive coordinator Paul Guenther explaining to linebacker Jason Cabinda why he was released. Matt Kawahara,, "Raiders on ‘Hard Knocks’: A farewell to cuts, plus a look to the future," 3 Sep. 2019 And the titans, apparently, have found a willing enforcer in the federal government. Charles Duhigg, The New Yorker, "How the Anthony Levandowski Indictment Helps Big Tech Stifle Innovation in Silicon Valley," 28 Aug. 2019 These potatoes, which are often small (and apparently, fun-named?), have thin, smooth skin and creamy, almost shiny flesh. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "WTF Is a "Waxy" Potato?," 12 Sep. 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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to fake an opponent out of position

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