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  1. ap·pear
  2. verb

    • 1. come into sight; become visible or noticeable, typically without visible agent or apparent cause:

      smoke appeared on the horizon
      Synonym : become visible, come into view, come into sight, materialize, take shape, pop up, bob up, be revealed, be seen, emerge, manifest itself, become apparent, become evident, surface, come to light, arise, crop up, occur, develop, enter into the picture
    • 2. come into existence or use:

      the major life forms appeared on earth
    • 3. (of a book) be published:

      the paperback edition didn't appear for another two years
      Synonym : become available, come on the market, go on sale, come out, be published, be produced, come into existence
    • 4. (of an accused person, witness, or lawyer) make an official appearance in a court of law:

      he appeared on six charges of theft
    • 5. perform publicly in a movie, play, etc.:

      he appeared on Broadway
      Synonym : perform, play, act, take the role of, take the part of
    • 6. feature or be shown:

      the symbol appears in many paintings of the period
    • 7. arrive at a place:

      by ten o'clock Bill still hadn't appeared
      Synonym : arrive, turn up, put in an appearance, make an appearance, come, get here/there, present oneself, show up, show, show one's face, pitch up, fetch up, roll in, blow in
    • 8. seem; give the impression of being:

      she appeared not to know what was happening it appears unlikely that interest rates will fall he appeared unaware of the rebuke
      Synonym : seem, look, give the impression of being, have the appearance/air of being, come across as being, look as though one is, look to be, strike someone as
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: appear, 3rd person present: appears, gerund or present participle: appearing, past tense: appeared, past participle: appeared

    • verb

      come into sight; become visible or noticeable, especially without apparent cause:

      come into existence or use:

    • (of an author) have one's work published
    • (of an author) have one's work published
    • arrive; appear
    • arrive; appear
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