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.

Examples of apparently in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sergie was supposed to sleep in Akelkok’s single dorm room that night, but apparently never returned from the bathroom. Christopher Williams, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Jan. 2022 Spanierman said the scammer apparently instructed her mom to stay connected with him by phone during each wire transfer. Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2022 The video shows members of Sézane’s production team photographing and filming an older indigenous woman, Guillermina Gutiérrez, apparently wearing a mix of traditional clothing and Sézane apparel. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2022 So far biodiversity loss and climate change have apparently caused the greatest reductions in plants’ seed-dispersal capacities in areas such as North America and Europe, where climate range shifts involve larger distances. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, 14 Jan. 2022 Bain Capital Ventures has apparently hired whoever is behind the finance meme account Litquidity, who has 192,700 people following him on Twitter and 633,000 on Instagram. David Meyer, Fortune, 14 Jan. 2022 The sheriff’s office issued a press release on Thursday noting that Baldwin had still not turned over the phone, apparently ramping up the pressure on Baldwin. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 14 Jan. 2022 Richardson committed to Texas-San Antonio in December and was announced as part of the Roadrunners’ recruiting class, but apparently never signed a National Letter of Intent and thus was free to enroll at South Alabama. Creg Stephenson |, al, 14 Jan. 2022 Biden, who was speaking about voting rights to students at the Atlanta University Center Consortium on the campus of Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College, apparently didn’t notice his mistake, not bothering to correct himself. James Freeman, WSJ, 13 Jan. 2022

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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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The first known use of apparently was in 1566

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17 Jan 2022

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“Apparently.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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