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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Huffman is set to appear in the Netflix mini-series on the Central Park Five case, debuting in May. Vogue, "The Craziest Details From the College Cheating Scandal That Got Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin Charged," 12 Mar. 2019 According to TMZ, Huffman, who played Lynette Scavo on Desperate Housewives, has been arrested but will be released on bond with the promise to appear in court. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman College Cheating Scandal Is Too Fascinating," 12 Mar. 2019 This is because the efficacy of using your IUD past its deadline appears to depend largely on factors like your age and, relatedly, your fertility. Korin Miller, SELF, "When Is It OK to Get Your IUD Removed?," 12 Mar. 2019 In addition to starring on Pretty Little Liars as Aria Montgomery, Lucy has appeared in the CW series Life Sentence, as well as the films Truth or Dare and The Unicorn. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Lucy Hale Will Play Katy Keene in The CW's "Riverdale" Spinoff," 11 Mar. 2019 The announcement was made not long before the Duchess appeared on a panel for International Women's Day, which was organized by the Trust. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Named Vice President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust," 8 Mar. 2019 The View star Whoopi Goldberg updated the world on her health since last appearing on the show more than a month ago. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Fans Rally Behind Whoopi Goldberg After She Says "Came Close to Leaving the Earth"," 8 Mar. 2019 There’s even a rumor that the idea was floated to paint The Reef a pale yellow to appear less austere. Steven Stolman, House Beautiful, "This Delightfully Retro Apartment Complex Has Been Home to Design Royalty," 6 Mar. 2019 In fact, virtualization is a key technology that appears in several ways within Windows 10 Pro. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Who needs Windows 10 Pro: 5 reasons to upgrade," 5 Mar. 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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