- 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: Middle English aperen ; from Old French aparoir ; from Classical Latin apparere ; from ad-, to plush perere, to come forth, be visible; akin to Classical Greek peparein, to display
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intransitive verb ap·peared, ap·pear·ing, ap·pears
- To become visible: a plane appearing in the sky.
- To come into existence: New strains of viruses appear periodically.
- To seem or look to be: appeared unhappy. See Synonyms at seem.
- To seem likely: They will be late, as it appears.
- To come before the public: has appeared in two plays; appears on the nightly news.
- Law To present oneself formally before a court as defendant, plaintiff, or counsel.
Origin: Middle English aperen, from Old French aparoir, aper-, from Latin appārēre : ad-, ad- + pārēre, to show.