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.

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Dozens of brands arranged for official promotional tie-ins with the show, without the benefit of appearing in a scene, including Bud Light, Mountain Dew, OkCupid and Oreo. Nat Ives, WSJ, "Misplaced Coffee Cup on ‘Game of Thrones’ Brews Buzz for Starbucks," 6 May 2019 Free-kend World of Goo helped launch Humble way back in 2010, appearing in the first-ever Humble Bundle. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Razer is making a toaster, Sonic has human baby teeth," 3 May 2019 Actress Linda Hunt was injured in a car accident that kept her from appearing in many of the recent episodes, so hopefully her triumphant return is for good, not just for the remainder of this year. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS: Los Angeles' Is Returning for Season 11, But Is Anyone Leaving the Cast?," 28 Apr. 2019 The film is the first major project for Josephine, who previously performed in a couple of shorts and appeared in a few episodes of Wolf Creek. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Josephine Langford on the Romance of "After," Bringing to Life Tessa, and Crying Fans," 22 Apr. 2019 Advertising In 2014, Farrow wrote about the allegations and then appeared in an interview early last year for the first time. Larry Neumeister, The Seattle Times, "Amazon: Woody Allen’s #MeToo comments wrecked movie deal," 15 Apr. 2019 General Leia Organa will also appear in Risedespite Carrie Fisher’s death in December 2016. Adam Schubak, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'," 12 Apr. 2019 Gavin started acting from age 6, appearing in theatre shows like Arthur Miller's All My Sons and a national tour of Peter Pan, according to an interview with MTV News. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "CAOS" Star Gavin Leatherwood," 12 Apr. 2019 And Issa Rae seemed to announce her engagement by simply appearing on a magazine cover sporting some new bling. Nicole Briese, Allure, "Emma Stone Sparks Massive Engagement Rumors Due to Ring Finger Accessory," 7 Apr. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'appear.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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.

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about appear

Statistics for appear

Last Updated

11 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for appear

The first known use of appear was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for appear

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.
ap·​pear

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on appear

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with appear

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for appear

Spanish Central: Translation of appear

Nglish: Translation of appear for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of appear for Arabic Speakers

Comments on appear

What made you want to look up appear? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

highly pertinent or appropriate

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!