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

She was released on a $1,500 personal recognizance bond with a notice to appear in court July 16, police said. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Lake Bluff police: Officers investigate report of man recording underage person in fitting room," 5 June 2019 He is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Stamford on Tuesday. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "Police return to Hartford trash facility to search for clues in Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance. Judge takes no action on custody of her five children," 5 June 2019 Sunde was set to appear in court Wednesday morning on an unrelated charge of possession of narcotic drugs, according to online court records. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A woman live streamed Tuesday's I-94 standoff from inside the stolen minivan," 5 June 2019 The disturbance is one of the first to appear in the Gulf of Mexico as the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season begins. Jennifer Larino, nola.com, "Tropical disturbance in Gulf of Mexico to bring heavy rain to Texas and Louisiana," 4 June 2019 Petifer was released on promise to appear for court, according to the Placer County Jail daily jail register. sacbee, "Two arrested in Lincoln on suspicion of trying to sell meth," 4 June 2019 Both faced a Tuesday deadline to turn over documents and have been subpoenaed to appear to testify this month. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "White House tells Hicks, ex-McGahn aide to ignore subpoenas," 4 June 2019 Before becoming a coach, Kitchen was drafted in the third round in 1976 by the Kansas City Scouts and went on to appear in 474 career NHL games. Brett Shweky, sun-sentinel.com, "Panthers’ new coach Quenneville fills out his coaching staff (and you might recognize some names)," 4 June 2019 In a rare move, U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz in Miami ordered top company executives -- including Chairman Micky Arison and CEO Arnold Donald -- to appear in court. Taylor Dolven, Caitlin Ostroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Carnival Corp. pleads guilty to pollution probation violations, agrees to $20 million fine," 4 June 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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