Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: aparoir, from Latin apparere, from ad- 'to' + parere 'to show yourself'


Related topics: Law
ap‧pear S1 W1


[linking verb, not in progressive] used to say how something seems, especially from what you know about it or from what you can see
appear to be something
Police say there appear to be signs of a break-in.
appear to do something
The survey appears to contradict motor industry claims.
it appears (that)
It appears that all the files have been deleted.
Police have found what appear to be human remains.
He tried to make it appear that she had committed suicide.
It may be less useful than it appears at first.
so it would appear (=used to say that something seems likely to be true, although you are not completely sure)

give impression

[linking verb, not in progressive] used to say that someone or something seems to have a particular quality or feeling:
He tried hard to appear calm.
I don't want to appear rude.
The right colours can make a small room appear much bigger.

start to be seen

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition ] to start to be seen, to arrive, or to exist in a place, especially suddenly:
Two faces appeared at our window.
A man suddenly appeared from behind a tree.
Small cracks appeared in the wall.
It was nearly an hour before Sweeney appeared in the pub.
appear from nowhere/out of nowhere (=appear suddenly and unexpectedly)
The car seemed to appear from nowhere.

film/tv programme etc

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to take part in a film, play, concert, television programme etc
appear in a film/play
She has already appeared in a number of films.
appear on television/stage
He appeared on national television to deny the claims.

book/newspaper etc

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to be written or shown on a list, in a book or newspaper, in a document etc:
The story appeared in all the national newspapers.
Some of the material used has appeared in print before (=has been published).


[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to become widely available or known about:
The new range will be appearing in shops in the autumn.
New courses are appearing every year.

law court/meeting

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]SCL to go to a law court or other official meeting to give information, answer questions etc:
The three men are due to appear in court tomorrow.
appear before a court/judge/committee etc
She appeared before Colchester magistrates charged with attempted murder.
appear for somebody/on behalf of somebody (=to be the legal representative for someone)
Sir Nicholas Gammon QC appeared on behalf of the defendant.
see usage note seemWORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

seem, appear, look, sound
Seem and appear have the same meaning but appear is more formal They seem upset. This appears to be a good solution.You use look to say how someone or something seems to you when you look at them Maureen looked tired. That book looks good. You use sound to say how someone or something seems to you when you hear or read about them, or hear them She sounds a lovely person. The party sounded great. He sounded tired.GRAMMARSeem can be followed by an adjective or an adjective and noun She seemed happy. He seems a nice man.Seem can also be followed by a verb in the infinitive His story seems to be true. You seem to think it's my fault.!! Seem can be followed by as if or as though but not just by as It seems a small thing (NOT it seems as a small thing), but it's very important. It seemed as if he wanted us to leave (NOT it seemed as he wanted ...).See also seem

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