Appear



to come into sight; become visible:
A man suddenly appeared in the doorway.
to have the of being; seem; look:
to appear wise.
to be obvious or easily perceived; be clear or made clear by evidence:
It appears to me that you are right.
to come or be placed before the public; be published:
Her biography appeared last year.
to perform publicly, as in a play, dance, etc.:
He appeared as the king in the play.
to attend or be present, especially to arrive late or stay but a short time:
He appeared at the party but left quickly.
to come into being; be created, invented, or developed:
Speech appears in the child’s first or second year.
Law. to come formally, especially as a party or counsel, to a proceeding before a tribunal, authority, etc.
Contemporary Examples

But Republicans, perhaps due to their bigger field of candidates, appear to be more liberal with the facts.
Biggest 2012 Campaign Whoppers Daniel Stone July 4, 2011

It takes a lot of hard work to appear that vacant, but Pedrad had been perfecting Kim since long before she landed on SNL.
SNL’s Kim Kardashian Konundrum: Why Nasim Pedrad’s Exit Hurts So Much Jason Lynch September 25, 2014

But if this affair does not do lasting damage to the party, Meretz does appear to be on the rise.
Setting the Record Straight on a Meretz Scandal Ralph Seliger July 16, 2013

Now, with an 11.5% approval rating within Greece, they appear to be setting their sights beyond the country’s borders.
Not These Idiots Again Ilana Glazer April 2, 2013

Airlines due to receive Dreamliners this year are juggling their fleets to plug gaps left where the 787 was due to appear.
Exclusive: The Dreamliner Could Be Flying Again Sooner Than You Think Clive Irving February 26, 2013

Historical Examples

The most cunning,” was the reply, “can always contrive to appear the most simple.
My Ten Years’ Imprisonment Silvio Pellico

The Arabs also appear to have held similar opinions as to the power of music.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 Various

You appear already to have lost your heart, and what will be the effect of your attentions on her?
Won from the Waves W.H.G. Kingston

Grievously disordered they appear to be, as Hannah tells me.
Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson

Troas was a very fitting place in which this vision should appear.
The Expositor’s Bible: The Acts of the Apostles, Vol. 2 G. T. Stokes

verb (intransitive)
to come into sight or view
(copula; may take an infinitive) to seem or look: the evidence appears to support you
to be plain or clear, as after further evidence, etc: it appears you were correct after all
to develop or come into being; occur: faults appeared during testing
to become publicly available; be published: his biography appeared last month
to perform or act: he has appeared in many London productions
to be present in court before a magistrate or judge: he appeared on two charges of theft
v.

late 13c., “to come into view,” from stem of Old French aparoir (12c., Modern French apparoir) “appear, come to light, come forth,” from Latin apparere “to appear, come in sight, make an appearance,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + parere “to come forth, be visible,” from PIE root *per- “to bring forth” (see pare). Of persons, “present oneself,” late 14c. Meaning “seem, have a certain appearance” is late 14c. Related: Appeared; appearing.

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