Definition of appear in English:



  • 1Come into sight; become visible or noticeable, especially without apparent cause.

    ‘smoke appeared on the horizon’
    • ‘Also, as a tip, your visible text should appear as close to the top of your HTML code as possible.’
    • ‘Every once and a while she would fall out of sight, only to appear again just within reach of his eyes.’
    • ‘The final Baily's bead appears together with the visible band formed by the solar corona.’
    • ‘The scandal lies also in the fact that the transgression is visible, appearing like a strange hieroglyph on her face that others contemplate with fear and trepidation.’
    • ‘Suddenly two red lights appeared at the supposed sight were Yue's eyes should have been.’
    • ‘Sponsors pay a lot of money, and they deserve to have their names visible in photographs that appear in the media.’
    • ‘The screen panned out and, superimposed on the pointless picture of a telephone, apparent quotes begin to appear.’
    • ‘Around one corner, a hundred goats suddenly appeared, in no apparent hurry to let us by.’
    • ‘The death knell for the royal line rang out across the besieged tower as a noticeable dent began to appear in the door of the chamber.’
    • ‘Colours that were not previously apparent subtly appear as the eye focuses on the space between colours.’
    • ‘From the moon, Earth appears as a bright blue-and-white object in the black sky.’
    • ‘They descended from the clouds, as the familiar sight of landmarks appeared.’
    • ‘Earth appears as a tiny blue sphere surrounded by an immensity of blackness.’
    • ‘However, the sight that appeared before her quickly took her mind off of the cold.’
    • ‘Not a lot, but they tend to appear in noticeable situations, such as extended close ups.’
    • ‘From time to time as a gap in the trees appears I catch sight of this glistening stretch of cobalt blue water below.’
    • ‘Aim into the dark skies where Mars, when so close to earth, appears as a glowing red ruby.’
    • ‘The rare transit happens when Venus comes directly between the sun and the earth and appears as a black dot moving across the bright disk.’
    • ‘The second her eyes appeared and she caught sight of Stien she let out a hideous scream.’
    • ‘The supervisors or any other voter would never notice this fraud since no visible sign would appear.’
    become visible, come into view, come into sight, materialize, take shape
    be revealed, be seen, emerge, manifest itself, become apparent, become evident, surface, come to light, arise, crop up, occur, develop, enter into the picture
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    1. 1.1Come into existence or use.
      ‘the major life forms appeared on earth’
      • ‘It usually appears in people over the age of 40 and can sometimes be treated by diet changes alone or in combination with tablets or injections.’
      • ‘Then, a couple of years ago, free, automated publishing systems began appearing on the Web, which caused blogging to explode in popularity.’
      • ‘So precisely when the native nations were finished, they thought they were going to die, she appears and offers new life to them.’
      • ‘As an adult you should pay particular attention to any growths which appear on the face or on the backs of the hands.’
      • ‘It simply came into existence, appearing as precipitously as a flash of lightning.’
      • ‘It should be remembered, however, that the legal conditions now in existence did not appear out of the blue.’
      • ‘The spares sales may eventually appear, but most likely it'll only be enough to pay for the next round of development.’
      • ‘This condition appears in close to one per cent of the population.’
      • ‘Workers were considering a new offer this week which appeared as soon as the strike began.’
      • ‘A quantum object ceases to exist here, and simultaneously appears in existence over there.’
      • ‘Autumn officially appears in 13 days, a perfect time for that annual drive in the country.’
      • ‘The three men watched as the first flecks of frost began to appear on the still figure.’
      • ‘During the middle Minoan period, urbanism became apparent, towns appeared, and the great palaces were built.’
      • ‘Few solutions specific to the needs of the medical device sales environment are appearing, however.’
      • ‘A saviour appeared, offering half a million pounds in cash to the company in return for a seat on the board.’
      • ‘This type of diabetes usually appears in people over the age of 40 and is common among the elderly and those overweight.’
      • ‘In another line, a major shape gene appeared that also caused female sterility.’
      • ‘However, the Cambrian was nonetheless a time of great evolutionary innovation, with many major groups of organisms appearing within a span of only forty million years.’
      • ‘You can't expect a diamond to appear and just offer itself.’
      • ‘The Monza layout has changed over the years, and at one time featured bankings, but these have been discontinued following major concrete defects appearing.’
    2. 1.2Be published or offered for sale.
      ‘the paperback edition didn't appear for another two years’
      • ‘Volumes of harp airs also began to appear, published in London.’
      • ‘The word ‘muggle’ is to appear in a major dictionary for the first time.’
      • ‘A full review of the wines to grab in this year's sale will appear here next week.’
      • ‘An advertisement regarding this appointment appears in this paper.’
      • ‘When articles like this start appearing in major newspapers, you know that something is stirring in the cause of English independence.’
      • ‘He continued to aim at international recognition with his second paper, written again in French, appearing in 1844 published by a colleague in his journal.’
      • ‘Before this paper appeared, he published two other papers on rather more conventional mathematical topics.’
      • ‘Literature began to resemble the enormous book piles then appearing all over the major cities of the empire.’
      • ‘Another article appearing in the journal offers revised versions of both the USDA pyramid and the Canadian rainbow to address these limitations.’
      • ‘Acre and acres of comment will appear in every major newspaper and virtually all of the literary blogs: see blogroll to your right.’
      • ‘He produced an edition of Pascal's works which was published from 1908 onwards with a second edition appearing after his death in 1929.’
      • ‘Occasionally an article will appear in a major western newspaper that gives us a hint that what you read is not the full picture.’
      • ‘Two American versions appeared and he published a translation in Australia in 1825.’
      • ‘His poems stopped appearing in major American poetry anthologies, and his books went out of print and remained so.’
      • ‘Thus, some viewers were directed to stories that did not appear in their edition of the newspaper.’
      • ‘A further book of Universal algebra was published in 1965 with a second edition appearing in 1981.’
      become available, come on the market, go on sale, come out, be published, be produced
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    3. 1.3Present oneself formally in a court or tribunal.
      ‘he appeared on six charges of theft’
      • ‘Another teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in a youth court on the same day charged in connection with the incident.’
      • ‘He'd never appeared in the Supreme Court and he came into this case very, very late.’
      • ‘He appeared in the Court of Appeal when this matter was first before the Court of Appeal.’
      • ‘May it please the Court, I appear for myself in this matter, for the third time in the High Court.’
      • ‘The grey-haired defendant appeared in court wearing a white collar shirt and blue jeans.’
      • ‘They appeared in magistrates court in Preston yesterday alongside five others.’
      • ‘Although the matter has been called today, she has not appeared in the Court.’
      • ‘Police in Delhi said an Indian businessmen had been arrested and appeared in court on Friday when he was remanded in custody.’
      • ‘None of the three defendants appeared in court, but magistrates found all three cases proved.’
      • ‘The Third Defendant appeared in person and he also represented the other Defendants, who were not present at the hearing’
      • ‘For that matter it might equally have been counsel who the defendant wished to appear for him.’
      • ‘He appeared in the county court on Friday and the case was adjourned for a two-hour hearing on August 11.’
      • ‘The first applicant has the necessary leave of the Court to appear for the second applicant.’
      • ‘He appeared in Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Saturday morning and has been remanded in custody until next month.’
      • ‘I appeared in Worthing Magistrates court when Jack was given unconditional bail and told these facts to the court and the magistrate.’
      • ‘He admitted a charge of affray when he appeared in court for sentence and was given a 100-hour punishment order.’
      • ‘They appeared in York Crown Court yesterday and were jailed for 12 months each.’
      • ‘The police did not want him to appear for the appellant, he said.’
      • ‘He appeared in Tauranga District Court and was remanded on bail to appear again in two weeks.’
      • ‘Last week 13 asylum seekers appeared in Luton Crown Court for a preliminary hearing.’
    4. 1.4Perform publicly in a film, play, etc.
      ‘he appeared on Broadway’
      • ‘For the next twenty years she became a star throughout Europe, appearing in all the major capitals, including - in the 1850s - Moscow and St Petersburg.’
      • ‘They appeared on a microbudget Granada show, filmed in their own homes.’
      • ‘Many of the Indian participants will be doing their homework before they appear on the show, producers predict.’
      • ‘By the late '30s, the actress was appearing in low-budget films, and she quit working in 1942 to be a wife and mother.’
      • ‘In addition to his work in film and television, he has appeared on stages from coast to coast.’
      • ‘I have been watching the series all my life and I have no recollection of him ever appearing on a major show.’
      • ‘She added that she would be consulting a solicitor about possible legal action if it were found that she had appeared on film.’
      • ‘About a decade ago, I was asked to appear on a comedy special which featured political comedians.’
      • ‘Most markets feature many opportunities to appear on local broadcast programs.’
      • ‘This is certainly going to be the most exciting programme for some time with major artists appearing throughout the whole week of the Festival instead of the usual focus towards the second weekend.’
      • ‘In Australia I'm up to the same tricks, appearing, speaking, performing, and it could be in any place and the show is nearly though never quite the same.’
      • ‘Other members of the public appear throughout the film, in walkthrough roles in pubs, buses and streets.’
      • ‘The star is one of many celebrities set to appear on the Wyvern Theatre's stage this spring.’
      • ‘Can you tell me the hitter and pitcher who played the longest in the minors without ever appearing in a major league game?’
      • ‘Another star who refused to appear on screen because he was forbidden from smoking in the studio was duly ridiculed on air.’
      • ‘He has appeared on television and radio and regularly performs all over the UK.’
      • ‘From this point on, our two big stars don't appear on screen together much.’
      • ‘A performance group is appearing in secondary schools across Bromley to encourage teenagers to stay in learning.’
      • ‘There are countless winks to the audience as a parade of stars appears in self-effacing cameos.’
      • ‘From these gigs a selection of the bands featured will be invited to appear on the album.’
      perform, play, act
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    5. 1.5Feature or be shown.
      ‘the symbol appears in many paintings of the period’
      • ‘A translation of his words appears in a small box as he speaks.’
      • ‘His account for all the years for which tuition was accrued appears in Figure 2.’
      • ‘The Arlesian woman herself never appears in the story, although she is constantly discussed.’
      • ‘With fake tsunami videos and still photos appearing on the Internet, news companies have much to offer in that regard.’
      • ‘In addition, not all features of fancy questionnaires may appear on old browsers or hardware.’
      • ‘Every once in a while some robo-cop appears in a newsbyte and is said to be ‘a few years away’ but never seem to show up.’
      • ‘Eight of the fund-raising team agreed to appear in the calendar, although Margaret only appears in the group shot in the swimming pool.’
      • ‘They will also appear in another edition published two weeks later, where they are modelling pyjamas.’
      • ‘No worries south of the border, however, because it is not a price that appears in the monthly economic output figures.’
      • ‘In fact, this particular phrase appears in other parts of both documents.’
      • ‘This tree appears in the old photographs, taken from the Riverside.’
      • ‘Likewise, the cross that appears in a figure's hand is out of his own hand.’
      • ‘John's response appears in full below, followed by a few comments of mine.’
      • ‘Each line appears in vibrant colours of the Indian summer as well as softer shades that will please the eye during bright sunny days.’
      • ‘Most topics appearing in journals were offered in similar or greater percentages of the curricula.’
      • ‘So what if a keyword phrase you want to use doesn't actually appear within your visible copy?’
      • ‘I shall provide links, where possible, to the actual version of the tune as appears in my record collection, but there may be better ones out there.’
      • ‘Star sportsmen like him expect to appear on the back pages of the newspapers.’
      • ‘This is the case with variables 2 and 4, whose scatter diagram appears in Figure 11.9.’
      • ‘Stanton said he did not want to be known as a ballet choreographer, despite his work appearing on major ballet companies.’
    6. 1.6informal Arrive at a place.
      ‘by ten o'clock Bill still hadn't appeared’
      • ‘They wait over 21 years for one to arrive and two appear in the same season.’
      • ‘A few minutes after Steph and Lewis arrived, Josh appeared at the downstairs door.’
      • ‘He appears on the scene of action ready for battle on the appointed day, and there he meets others like himself, brought up by the same summons.’
      • ‘The woman was familiar from the neighborhood, he explained, so he had not been suspicious when she appeared at his apartment, seemingly alone.’
      • ‘He appeared at the house after lunch, with a collapsible suitcase, still wearing the four-button jacket, clean and freshly pressed now.’
      arrive, turn up, put in an appearance, make an appearance, come, get here, get there, present oneself
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  • 2Seem; give the impression of being.

    [with infinitive] ‘she appeared not to know what was happening’
    [with clause] ‘it appears unlikely that interest rates will fall’
    • ‘A lengthy fax appeared to have just arrived from a prestigious international conservation foundation.’
    • ‘According to this site, it appears unlikely that I have been abducted by aliens.’
    • ‘However it appears, unlike the century that has passed, we are entering an era that will be based on exclusivity rather than universal access.’
    • ‘My own impression is that it appears as from another planet and does nothing to put the heart or soul back in the centre of Bradford.’
    • ‘The Secret Service said it appears the pilot was unaware he was flying in restricted airspace.’
    • ‘But it appears highly unlikely that the risk is dependent upon the method of gene introduction.’
    • ‘Finally, it appeared that he had arrived at the intellectual center of the city.’
    • ‘It appears now that the Council may have been unaware of these transmissions.’
    • ‘Canada's three major cities appear to be in some kind of rivalry with one another.’
    • ‘What is interesting is that it appears that here a long-silenced problem is coming to light.’
    • ‘At least two men who appear to have arrived and left by car were involved in the incident just before 8.30 pm.’
    • ‘It appears unlikely at this stage and it is difficult to imagine him wanting to inhabit the rather obsessive world that managers must live in.’
    • ‘As soon as we sit down as friends though, it appears that interests are dampened, if not doused completely.’
    • ‘They led her through a short passage and finally she arrived in what appeared to be a big semi circular hall.’
    • ‘It appears unlikely that the referees will have enough support to force the meeting which will mean a continuation of the dispute.’
    • ‘The area I live in is OK, but is bordered on both sides by rough areas (as it appears most alright places in the city are).’
    • ‘The Pentagon was last night investigating what appeared to be a major breach of security over the photographs.’
    • ‘For now it appears more interested in finding jobs for its members than it does in ideology.’
    • ‘It would appear that one of Earth's rarest bird species might have gone extinct.’
    • ‘So, trapped in the musty atmosphere of planet earth, they appear clumsy and fragile.’
    seem, look, give the impression of being, have the air of being, have the appearance of being, come across as being, look as though one is, look to be, strike someone as
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Middle English: from Old French apareir, from Latin apparere, from ad- towards + parere come into view.