Appearance definition

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The way things seem to be.

From all appearances he's innocent.

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The act or an instance of coming into public view.

The author made a rare personal appearance.

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The look or outward aspect of a person or thing.
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Outward aspect.

An untidy appearance.

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Anything that appears; thing seen.
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An outward show; pretense.

To give the appearance of being busy.

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The act or an instance of coming into sight.
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Something that appears; a phenomenon.
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The act or an instance of appearing.
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(archaic) An apparition.
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A superficial aspect; a semblance.

Keeping up an appearance of wealth.

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Outward indications; circumstances.

A cheerful person, to all appearances.

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The coming into a court to participate in a court proceeding by a party who has been validly served process or by a party who is voluntarily submitting itself to the court’s jurisdiction.
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The act of appearing or coming into sight; the act of becoming visible to the eye.

His sudden appearance surprised me.

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The coming into a court to participate in a court proceeding by a witness or an interested person or by a lawyer acting on behalf of a party or interested person.
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Appearance is defined as the way that someone, or something, looks.

An example of a disheveled appearance is a person whose clothes are sloppy and who is said to have a disheveled look about him.

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Apparent likeness; external show; how something appears to others.

Some people say I'm shallow because I care so much about my appearance.

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The formal act of an attorney notifying a court of his representation of a party to the proceedings, either by written document, or orally in open court.
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An appearance wherein a party consents to the court’s jurisdiction and waives the ability to later contest the court’s authority to reach a binding decision against her in the case.
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An appearance made for the sole reason of contesting the court’s jurisdiction over the defendant.
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An appearance by one who has not yet been served with process in the case.
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A thing seen; a phenomenon; an apparition.

There was a strange appearance in the sky.

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Personal presence; look; aspect; mien.
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The act of appearing in a particular place, or in society, a company, or any proceedings; a coming before the public in a particular character.

A person makes his appearance as an historian, an artist, or an orator.

David Beckham's first appearance with the LA Galaxy at Giants Stadium against the New York Red Bulls last night drew a crowd of 66237.

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(law) The coming into court of either of the parties; the being present in court; the coming into court of a party summoned in an action, either by himself or by his attorney, expressed by a formal entry by the proper officer to that effect; the act or proceeding by which a party proceeded against places himself before the court, and submits to its jurisdiction.
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(medicine) Chiefly used by nurses: the act of defecation by a patient.

The patient had a small bowel obstruction and there was no appearance until after the obstruction resolved.

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An appearance by one who is required to do so because he has been validly served with process.
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A criminal defendant’s first appearance in court. Usually, this is when the charges are read to the defendant or the defendant is given a copy of the charges, the defendant is advised of his rights and enters a plea, and the amount of bail (if bail is not denied) is determined. See also arraignment and presentment.
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keep up appearances
  • to maintain an outward show of being proper, decorous, well-off, etc.
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make an appearance
  • to put in an appearance
  • to appear publicly
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put in an appearance
  • to be present for a short time, as at a party, meeting, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
appearance
Plural:
appearances

Origin of appearance

  • From French apparence, from Latin apparentia, from appareo. Displaced native Middle English wlite (from Middle English wlite (“appearance”)).

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