appear

verb
ap·​pear | \ ə-ˈpir How to pronounce appear (audio) \
appeared; appearing; appears

Definition of appear

intransitive verb

1a : to be or come in sight when the sun appears on the horizon
b : to show up He appears promptly at eight each day.
2 : to come formally before an authoritative body must appear in court today
3 : to have an outward aspect : seem She appears (to be) happy enough.
4 : to become evident or manifest There appears to be evidence to the contrary.
5 : to come into public view a performer who first appeared on a television variety show The book appeared in print a few years ago.
6 : to come into existence Hominids appeared late in the evolutionary chain.

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Examples of appear in a Sentence

She appears a nice enough person. Winning the election appears unlikely at this point. One by one, the stars appeared in the sky. The sun began to appear from behind the clouds. The airplanes seemed to appear out of nowhere. The storm disappeared as suddenly as it had appeared. The cat appears at our kitchen door every morning. One of the guests appeared a few minutes late. He appeared a little before eight last night.
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Recent Examples on the Web

The issue appears, on the surface, to be about African American workers’ right to wear natural hairstyles on the job. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "California is about to ban discrimination against black workers with natural hairstyles," 3 July 2019 At first glance, David Levinthal’s Iwo Jima appears to be a colorized version of the famed image that earned photographer Joe Rosenthal a Pulitzer Prize. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "What David Levinthal’s Photos of Toys Reveal About American Myth and Memory," 3 July 2019 With the help of the Johns Hopkins University report on Providence and several school reform bills passed at the State House, education does appear to be a top-of-mind issue for state leaders right now. Dan Mcgowan, BostonGlobe.com, "Can R.I. hit an ambitious education goal by 2025? Inside Providence’s budget battle," 3 July 2019 This appears to be the case in Russia, where the movement enjoys the backing of President Vladimir Putin. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "Clash between Jews in Krakow highlights growing acceptance of Chabad in Europe," 3 July 2019 There appears to be sawdust at the base of the tree, and I am concerned about the tree’s health. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Carpenter ants build nests in wet, rotting wood," 3 July 2019 There appears to be no hard feelings between the artists as Lil Nas X congratulated the group's label, Third Man Records, on Twitter. Justin Lear, CNN, "The one thing keeping Lil Nas X from reaching No. 1: Vinyl," 2 July 2019 The closest Abrams tanks appeared to be a 350-mile drive away at the 150th Cavalry Regiment, a unit of the West Virginia National Guard in Bluefield, W.Va. John Ismay, New York Times, "Trump Says Tanks Will Be on Display in Washington for July 4," 2 July 2019 The blonde on the beach appears to be particularly prolific. Bernard Condon, The Mercury News, "Trump’s Facebook ads use models posing as supporters," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of appear

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for appear

Middle English aperen, apperen, borrowed from Anglo-French apier-, aper-, tonic stem of aparer, apareir, aparoir, going back to Latin appārēre "to come into sight, be visible, be evident," from ad- ad- + pārēre "to be visible, be evident, be subject (to), comply (with)," of uncertain origin

Note: Latin pārēre has been compared with a supposed base *peh2-s-, suggested as the source of Avestan pišiiaṇt- "seeing," Armenian hayim "(I) look," Albanian pashë "(I) saw," though the limited nature of the evidence makes such a hypothesis speculative.

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appear

verb

English Language Learners Definition of appear

somewhat formal : to seem to be something : to make someone think that a person or thing has a particular characteristic
: to become visible : to begin to be seen
: to arrive at a place : to show up

appear

verb
ap·​pear | \ ə-ˈpir How to pronounce appear (audio) \
appeared; appearing

Kids Definition of appear

1 : to come into sight Stars appeared in the sky.
2 : to present oneself appear in court
3 : seem sense 1 The runner in the lead appears to be tired.
4 : to come before the public The book appeared last year.
5 : to come into existence The first dinosaurs appeared around 215 million years ago.
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Legal Definition of appear

1 : to present oneself before a person or body having authority: as
a : to present oneself in court as a party to a lawsuit often through the representation of an attorney also : to participate as a party to a lawsuit in a way other than by physical presence (as by mail)
b : to present oneself in court as the attorney for a party to a lawsuit appearing for the defendant
2 : to have an outward look conduct that appears unethical

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