- The definition of appear is to show up or become capable of being seen.
An example of something that may appear is a rabbit out of a magician's hat.
- To appear is to seem or look a certain way.
An example of someone that may appear to be smart is a college professor.
- To appear is defined as to be a part of a production.
An example of someone who may appear is a Broadway actor.
- to come into sight
- to come into being: freckles appear on his face every summer
- to become understood or apparent: it appears he's right
- to seem; look: to appear to be in good health
- to present oneself formally, as in court
- to come before the public: he will appear in Hamlet
- to be published: the magazine appears monthly
Origin of appearMiddle English aperen ; from Old French aparoir ; from Classical Latin apparere ; from ad-, to + perere, to come forth, be visible; akin to Classical Greek peparein, to display
intransitive verbap·peared, ap·pear·ing, ap·pears
- a. To become visible: a plane appearing in the sky.b. To be shown or included: That logo appears on all their sports equipment.
- To come into existence: New strains of viruses appear periodically.
- To give the impression of being in a certain way; seem: The child appeared unhappy.
- To be likely or evident: It appears that they will be late.
- To come or perform before the public: has appeared in two plays.
- Law To present oneself formally before a court as defendant, plaintiff, or counsel.
- To be published or made available to the public: The novel first appeared in installments in a magazine.
Origin of appearMiddle English aperen, from Old French aparoir, aper-, from Latin appārēre : ad-, ad- + pārēre, to show.
(third-person singular simple present appears, present participle appearing, simple past and past participle appeared)
- (intransitive) To come or be in sight; to be in view; to become visible.
- (intransitive) To come before the public.
- A great writer appeared at that time.
- (intransitive) To stand in presence of some authority, tribunal, or superior person, to answer a charge, plead a cause, or the like; to present one's self as a party or advocate before a court, or as a person to be tried.
- (intransitive) To become visible to the apprehension of the mind; to be known as a subject of observation or comprehension, or as a thing proved; to be obvious or manifest.
- (intransitive, copulative) To seem; to have a certain semblance; to look.
- He appeared quite happy with the result.
- Senses 4, 5. This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.