Definition of make (or put in) an appearance in US English:

make (or put in) an appearance


  • Attend an event briefly, typically out of courtesy.

    • ‘However, with the crowd reassured that both players would make an appearance on the pitch during the changeover, play got underway.’
    • ‘Experience has shown that, if a drug is available in Britain, it's only a matter of time before it puts in an appearance here.’
    • ‘It's only for the children who attend the playschool and Santa is to put in an appearance there also.’
    • ‘With a host of promising new drivers making an appearance and some marvellous machinery on view, the event seems set for a successful summer.’
    • ‘Even the local police put in an appearance, arriving to investigate a bogus complaint about the noise.’
    • ‘Though he failed to make an appearance on that occasion, it can only be a matter of time before he makes his international debut.’
    • ‘Frogs and herons also made an appearance and in spring the otters appeared.’
    • ‘The tame bald eagle, brought in for truly patriotic events, made an appearance.’
    • ‘These often put in an appearance in late summer, and no matter how many times you've seen one, it remains an incredible buzz.’
    • ‘It also involves casual activities such as going on a sight-seeing trip or making an appearance at an event - all of which take place in public view and therefore can be easily remembered.’
    arrive, turn up, put in an appearance, make an appearance, come, get here, get there, present oneself
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