Definition of appear in English:

appear

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Come into sight; become visible or noticeable, typically without visible agent or apparent cause.

    ‘smoke appeared on the horizon’
    • ‘Every once and a while she would fall out of sight, only to appear again just within reach of his eyes.’
    • ‘From time to time as a gap in the trees appears I catch sight of this glistening stretch of cobalt blue water below.’
    • ‘The final Baily's bead appears together with the visible band formed by the solar corona.’
    • ‘Not a lot, but they tend to appear in noticeable situations, such as extended close ups.’
    • ‘Aim into the dark skies where Mars, when so close to earth, appears as a glowing red ruby.’
    • ‘Also, as a tip, your visible text should appear as close to the top of your HTML code as possible.’
    • ‘However, the sight that appeared before her quickly took her mind off of the cold.’
    • ‘Earth appears as a tiny blue sphere surrounded by an immensity of blackness.’
    • ‘Suddenly two red lights appeared at the supposed sight were Yue's eyes should have been.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sponsors pay a lot of money, and they deserve to have their names visible in photographs that appear in the media.’
    • ‘Colours that were not previously apparent subtly appear as the eye focuses on the space between colours.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The screen panned out and, superimposed on the pointless picture of a telephone, apparent quotes begin to 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. 1.1 Come into existence or use.
      ‘the major life forms appeared on earth’
      • ‘You can't expect a diamond to appear and just offer itself.’
      • ‘During the middle Minoan period, urbanism became apparent, towns appeared, and the great palaces were built.’
      • ‘A quantum object ceases to exist here, and simultaneously appears in existence over there.’
      • ‘Then, a couple of years ago, free, automated publishing systems began appearing on the Web, which caused blogging to explode in popularity.’
      • ‘The three men watched as the first flecks of frost began to appear on the still figure.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This condition appears in close to one per cent of the population.’
      • ‘The Monza layout has changed over the years, and at one time featured bankings, but these have been discontinued following major concrete defects appearing.’
      • ‘It should be remembered, however, that the legal conditions now in existence did not appear out of the blue.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Few solutions specific to the needs of the medical device sales environment are appearing, however.’
      • ‘The spares sales may eventually appear, but most likely it'll only be enough to pay for the next round of development.’
      • ‘A saviour appeared, offering half a million pounds in cash to the company in return for a seat on the board.’
      • ‘So precisely when the native nations were finished, they thought they were going to die, she appears and offers new life to them.’
      • ‘Workers were considering a new offer this week which appeared as soon as the strike began.’
      • ‘Autumn officially appears in 13 days, a perfect time for that annual drive in the country.’
      • ‘This type of diabetes usually appears in people over the age of 40 and is common among the elderly and those overweight.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 (of a book) be published.
      ‘the paperback edition didn't appear for another two years’
      • ‘His poems stopped appearing in major American poetry anthologies, and his books went out of print and remained so.’
      • ‘Volumes of harp airs also began to appear, published in London.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An advertisement regarding this appointment appears in this paper.’
      • ‘Literature began to resemble the enormous book piles then appearing all over the major cities of the empire.’
      • ‘Occasionally an article will appear in a major western newspaper that gives us a hint that what you read is not the full picture.’
      • ‘When articles like this start appearing in major newspapers, you know that something is stirring in the cause of English independence.’
      • ‘He produced an edition of Pascal's works which was published from 1908 onwards with a second edition appearing after his death in 1929.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Before this paper appeared, he published two other papers on rather more conventional mathematical topics.’
      • ‘Two American versions appeared and he published a translation in Australia in 1825.’
      become available, come on the market, go on sale, come out, be published, be produced
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    3. 1.3 (of an accused person, witness, or lawyer) make an official appearance in a court of law.
      ‘he appeared on six charges of theft’
      • ‘I appeared in Worthing Magistrates court when Jack was given unconditional bail and told these facts to the court and the magistrate.’
      • ‘They appeared in magistrates court in Preston yesterday alongside five others.’
      • ‘Police in Delhi said an Indian businessmen had been arrested and appeared in court on Friday when he was remanded in custody.’
      • ‘For that matter it might equally have been counsel who the defendant wished to appear for him.’
      • ‘May it please the Court, I appear for myself in this matter, for the third time in the High Court.’
      • ‘The first applicant has the necessary leave of the Court to appear for the second applicant.’
      • ‘He admitted a charge of affray when he appeared in court for sentence and was given a 100-hour punishment order.’
      • ‘The grey-haired defendant appeared in court wearing a white collar shirt and blue jeans.’
      • ‘He'd never appeared in the Supreme Court and he came into this case very, very late.’
      • ‘Last week 13 asylum seekers appeared in Luton Crown Court for a preliminary hearing.’
      • ‘He appeared in the Court of Appeal when this matter was first before the Court of Appeal.’
      • ‘The Third Defendant appeared in person and he also represented the other Defendants, who were not present at the hearing’
      • ‘Although the matter has been called today, she has not appeared in the Court.’
      • ‘He appeared in Tauranga District Court and was remanded on bail to appear again in two weeks.’
      • ‘He appeared in Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Saturday morning and has been remanded in custody until next month.’
      • ‘He appeared in the county court on Friday and the case was adjourned for a two-hour hearing on August 11.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘None of the three defendants appeared in court, but magistrates found all three cases proved.’
      • ‘Another teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in a youth court on the same day charged in connection with the incident.’
    4. 1.4 Perform publicly in a movie, play, etc.
      ‘he appeared on Broadway’
      • ‘He has appeared on television and radio and regularly performs all over the UK.’
      • ‘There are countless winks to the audience as a parade of stars appears in self-effacing cameos.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In addition to his work in film and television, he has appeared on stages from coast to coast.’
      • ‘A performance group is appearing in secondary schools across Bromley to encourage teenagers to stay in learning.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘About a decade ago, I was asked to appear on a comedy special which featured political comedians.’
      • ‘Another star who refused to appear on screen because he was forbidden from smoking in the studio was duly ridiculed on air.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By the late '30s, the actress was appearing in low-budget films, and she quit working in 1942 to be a wife and mother.’
      • ‘The star is one of many celebrities set to appear on the Wyvern Theatre's stage this spring.’
      • ‘Other members of the public appear throughout the film, in walkthrough roles in pubs, buses and streets.’
      • ‘Most markets feature many opportunities to appear on local broadcast programs.’
      • ‘From these gigs a selection of the bands featured will be invited to appear on the album.’
      • ‘From this point on, our two big stars don't appear on screen together much.’
      • ‘Can you tell me the hitter and pitcher who played the longest in the minors without ever appearing in a major league game?’
      perform, play, act
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    5. 1.5 Feature or be shown.
      ‘the symbol appears in many paintings of the period’
      • ‘They will also appear in another edition published two weeks later, where they are modelling pyjamas.’
      • ‘In addition, not all features of fancy questionnaires may appear on old browsers or hardware.’
      • ‘Likewise, the cross that appears in a figure's hand is out of his own hand.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No worries south of the border, however, because it is not a price that appears in the monthly economic output figures.’
      • ‘Each line appears in vibrant colours of the Indian summer as well as softer shades that will please the eye during bright sunny days.’
      • ‘His account for all the years for which tuition was accrued appears in Figure 2.’
      • ‘With fake tsunami videos and still photos appearing on the Internet, news companies have much to offer in that regard.’
      • ‘The Arlesian woman herself never appears in the story, although she is constantly discussed.’
      • ‘Eight of the fund-raising team agreed to appear in the calendar, although Margaret only appears in the group shot in the swimming pool.’
      • ‘This is the case with variables 2 and 4, whose scatter diagram appears in Figure 11.9.’
      • ‘Most topics appearing in journals were offered in similar or greater percentages of the curricula.’
      • ‘John's response appears in full below, followed by a few comments of mine.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So what if a keyword phrase you want to use doesn't actually appear within your visible copy?’
      • ‘A translation of his words appears in a small box as he speaks.’
      • ‘This tree appears in the old photographs, taken from the Riverside.’
      • ‘Stanton said he did not want to be known as a ballet choreographer, despite his work appearing on major ballet companies.’
      • ‘Star sportsmen like him expect to appear on the back pages of the newspapers.’
      • ‘In fact, this particular phrase appears in other parts of both documents.’
      feature, be featured, be mentioned, be referred to
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    6. 1.6informal Arrive at a place.
      ‘by ten o'clock Bill still hadn't appeared’
      • ‘A few minutes after Steph and Lewis arrived, Josh appeared at the downstairs door.’
      • ‘The woman was familiar from the neighborhood, he explained, so he had not been suspicious when she appeared at his apartment, seemingly alone.’
      • ‘They wait over 21 years for one to arrive and two appear in the same season.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’
    with complement ‘he appeared unaware of the rebuke’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However it appears, unlike the century that has passed, we are entering an era that will be based on exclusivity rather than universal access.’
    • ‘Finally, it appeared that he had arrived at the intellectual center of the city.’
    • ‘It appears unlikely that the referees will have enough support to force the meeting which will mean a continuation of the dispute.’
    • ‘As soon as we sit down as friends though, it appears that interests are dampened, if not doused completely.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So, trapped in the musty atmosphere of planet earth, they appear clumsy and fragile.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘According to this site, it appears unlikely that I have been abducted by aliens.’
    • ‘For now it appears more interested in finding jobs for its members than it does in ideology.’
    • ‘But it appears highly unlikely that the risk is dependent upon the method of gene introduction.’
    • ‘It would appear that one of Earth's rarest bird species might have gone extinct.’
    • ‘A lengthy fax appeared to have just arrived from a prestigious international conservation foundation.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘What is interesting is that it appears that here a long-silenced problem is coming to light.’
    • ‘The Secret Service said it appears the pilot was unaware he was flying in restricted airspace.’
    • ‘The Pentagon was last night investigating what appeared to be a major breach of security over the photographs.’
    • ‘They led her through a short passage and finally she arrived in what appeared to be a big semi circular hall.’
    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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Origin

Middle English: from Old French apareir, from Latin apparere, from ad- ‘towards’ + parere ‘come into view’.

Pronunciation

appear

/əˈpir//əˈpɪr/