Definition of appearance
1a : external show : semblance Although hostile, he preserved an appearance of neutrality.b : outward aspect : look had a fierce appearancec appearances plural : outward indication trying to keep up appearances
2a : a sense impression or aspect of a thing The blue of distant hills is only an appearance.b : the world of sensible phenomena
3a : the act, action, or process of appearing the first appearance of that word in Englishb law : the presentation of oneself in court as a party to an action often through the representation of an attorney
Examples of appearance in a Sentence
The general appearance of the house is quite good.
The museum restored the painting to its original appearance.
lotions that improve your skin's appearance and texture
You shouldn't judge a man by his appearance.
Have you noticed any changes in her appearance?
He appears to be happy, but appearances can be deceptive.
Their expensive home created a false appearance of success and happiness.
Recent Examples of appearance from the Web
The University of Louisville athletics department may have to repay more than $5 million for four of its NCAA Tournament appearances as part of the NCAA Committee on Infractions' ruling against the men's basketball program.
Kylie makes one of her first appearances on Tyga's Instagram account and the two celebrate Halloween together.
Marshawn Lynch is relentlessly entertaining, and his appearance at a charity soccer match this weekend was no exception.
Both have made appearances for the Reds this season but were sent down due to performance.
Nix threw 75 of his 108 pitches for strikes in lowering his ERA to 2.84 through his first six appearances (five starts) in the high Single-A California League.
Prime Day, Amazon’s summer shopping event, is back for its third appearance.
Despite their glamorous appearances in public, the couple had a tumultuous dynamic, and were extremely passionate in both good times and bad.
That performance silenced any doubts Finley may have had after his two prior state meet appearances didn't go as planned.
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APPEARANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of appearance for English Language Learners
: the way that someone or something looks
: a way of looking that is not true or real
: the action of appearing : the fact that something or someone arrives or begins to be seen
APPEARANCE Defined for Kids
Definition of appearance for Students
1 : the way something looks The room has a cool appearance.
2 : the act or an instance of appearing His sudden appearance startled us.
Medical Definition of appearance
1: the action or process of becoming evident to the senses the sudden appearance of a rash on the body
2: the outward or visible aspect of something a tumor with a spongy appearance
appear\ə-ˈpi(ə)r\play intransitive verb
Legal Definition of appearance
1 : the presentation of oneself in court as a party to or as an attorney for a party to a lawsuit; also : a document filed in court by an attorney declaring his or her representation of a party to a lawsuit — see also general appearance, special appearance
2 : outward look a lawyer should avoid the appearance of impropriety
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