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Appear - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Appear' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Appear [ n.]
- Appearance.
2 . Appear [ v. i.]
- To come or be in sight; to be in view; to become visible.
- To come before the public; as, a great writer appeared at that time.
- 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.
- 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.
- To seem; to have a certain semblance; to look.

Meaning of 'Appear' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . appear [ v]
Meaning (1):
- come into sight or view
Example in sentence:
  • A new star appeared on the horizon;
  • He suddenly appeared at the wedding
Meaning (2):
- be issued or published
Example in sentence:
  • Did your latest book appear yet?;
  • The new Woody Allen film hasn't come out yet
Meaning (3):
- appear as a character on stage or appear in a play, etc.
Example in sentence:
  • Gielgud appears briefly in this movie;
  • She appeared in `Hamlet' on the London stage
Meaning (4):
- present oneself formally, as before a (judicial) authority
Example in sentence:
  • He had to appear in court last month;
  • She appeared on several charges of theft
Meaning (5):
- come into being or existence, or appear on the scene
Example in sentence:
  • Homo sapiens appeared millions of years ago;
  • Then the computer came along and changed our lives
Meaning (6):
- seem to be true, probable, or apparent
Example in sentence:
  • It appears that the weather in California is very bad;
  • It seems that he is very gifted
Meaning (7):
- give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
Example in sentence:
  • She seems to be sleeping;
  • They appeared like people who had not eaten or slept for a long time;
  • This appears to be a very difficult problem;
  • This project looks fishy