What is the meaning of appear?


  • Give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect.
    • usage: "She seems to be sleeping"; "This appears to be a very difficult problem"; "This project looks fishy"; "They appeared like people who had not eaten or slept for a long time"
  • Come into sight or view.
    • usage: "He suddenly appeared at the wedding"; "A new star appeared on the horizon"
  • Be issued or published.
    • usage: "Did your latest book appear yet"; "The new Woody Allen film hasn't come out yet"
  • Seem to be true, probable, or apparent.
    • usage: "It seems that he is very gifted"; "It appears that the weather in California is very bad"
  • Come into being or existence, or appear on the scene.
    • usage: "Then the computer came along and changed our lives"; "Homo sapiens appeared millions of years ago"
  • Appear as a character on stage or appear in a play, etc..
    • usage: "Gielgud appears briefly in this movie"; "She appeared in `Hamlet' on the London stage"
  • Present oneself formally, as before a (judicial) authority.
    • usage: "He had to appear in court last month"; "She appeared on several charges of theft"
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APAWordNet. (2010). appear. Retrieved October 19, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/appear/definitions/1257133
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "appear" http://smartdefine.org/appear/definitions/1257133 (accessed October 19, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, appear, Smart Define, viewed 19 October, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/appear/definitions/1257133>.
MLAWordNet. "appear" 23 October 2010. Web. 19 October 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/appear/definitions/1257133>
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