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Appearance - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Appearance' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Appearance [ n.]
- The act of appearing or coming into sight; the act of becoming visible to the eye; as, his sudden appearance surprised me.
- A thing seed; a phenomenon; a phase; an apparition; as, an appearance in the sky.
- Personal presence; exhibition of the person; look; aspect; mien.
- Semblance, or apparent likeness; external show. pl. Outward signs, or circumstances, fitted to make a particular impression or to determine the judgment as to the character of a person or a thing, an act or a state; as, appearances are against him.
- 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; as, a person makes his appearance as an historian, an artist, or an orator.
- Probability; likelihood.
- 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.

Meaning of 'Appearance' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . appearance [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a mental representation
Example in sentence:
  • I tried to describe his appearance to the police
Meaning (2):
- the act of appearing in public view
Example in sentence:
  • it was Bernhardt's last appearance in America;
  • the rookie made a brief appearance in the first period
Meaning (3):
- pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression
Example in sentence:
  • that ceremony is just for show;
  • they try to keep up appearances