Definition of appear
1a : to be or come in sight when the sun appears on the horizonb : 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.
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.
Recent Examples of appear from the Web
Appearing for the second time at the peace talks taking place in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, Guterres is looking to break the logjam on the ninth — and most crucial day — of discussions.
Mississippi State had played in three bowl games in its history before the Bulldogs appeared in the Sun Bowl to cap the 1980 season and ended the 1981 season at the Hall of Fame Classic.
Males rarely force females to mate, but after years spent observing the animals in the wild, Huchard noticed that a subtler form of sexual coercion appeared to be going on.
The underlying parts of our identities, some of which may appear as potential setbacks, are not something students like me can wish away overnight.
But there also appears to be very little international consensus on what to do next.
Vogt is scheduled to appear in court on July 17, according to court records.
We aren’t supposed to come to conclusions about Dr. Poison based on her actions in the film, but instead based on the way her face appears.
The sweet visit, which included meet-and-greets with patients and gifts, later appears on an episode of Tyga's MTV2 show Kingin' With Tyga.
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Origin and Etymology of appear
Middle English apperen, from Anglo-French aparer, aparoir, from Latin apparēre, from ad- + parēre to show oneself
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
APPEAR Defined for Kids
Definition of appear for Students
1 : to come into sight Stars appeared in the sky.
2 : to present oneself appear in court
3 : seem 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.
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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