appear


appear
ap|pear
W1S1 [əˈpıə US əˈpır] v
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1¦(seem)¦
2¦(give impression)¦
3¦(start to be seen)¦
4¦(film/tv programme etc)¦
5¦(book/newspaper etc)¦
6¦(available/known)¦
7¦(law court/meeting)¦
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[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: aparoir, from Latin apparere, from ad- 'to' + parere 'to show yourself']
1.) ¦(SEEM)¦ [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 sth
Police say there appear to be signs of a break-in.
appear to do sth
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)
2.) ¦(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.
3.) ¦(START TO BE SEEN)¦ [I 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.
4.) ¦(FILM/TV PROGRAMME ETC)¦ [I 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.
appear at a theatre etc
5.) ¦(BOOK/NEWSPAPER ETC)¦ [I 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) .
6.) ¦(AVAILABLE/KNOWN)¦ [I 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.
7.) ¦(LAW COURT/MEETING)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
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 sb/on behalf of sb
(=to be the legal representative for someone)
Sir Nicholas Gammon QC appeared on behalf of the defendant.
see usage noteseem

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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