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 The reclusive tribe has been sighted coming out of the rainforest more frequently in recent weeks in search of food, apparently moving away from the growing presence of loggers, said local indigenous rights group FENAMAD. Reuters, CNN, 17 July 2024 The long, bleak days on Fargo and all of the traveling back and forth [between the two shows] paid off, apparently. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 July 2024 Coming off of that winning grilling, Tommy returned home that night to find that his place had been ransacked, by someone who apparently entered through a back window. Matt Webb Mitovich, TVLine, 17 July 2024 The other student apparently died in 2015 during a conflict in Iraq and was referred to as a martyr by the other two, according to a criminal complaint filed by an FBI agent against Ramic, who lived in Bowling Green. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, 17 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for apparently 

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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 22 Jul. 2024.

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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