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Definitions for apparent
əˈpær ənt, əˈpɛər-ap·par·ent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apparent, evident, manifest, patent, plain, unmistakableadjective

    clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

    "the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields"; "evident hostility"; "manifest disapproval"; "patent advantages"; "made his meaning plain"; "it is plain that he is no reactionary"; "in plain view"

  2. apparent(a), ostensible, seeming(a)adjective

    appearing as such but not necessarily so

    "for all his apparent wealth he had no money to pay the rent"; "the committee investigated some apparent discrepancies"; "the ostensible truth of their theories"; "his seeming honesty"


  1. apparentadjective

    Capable of being seen, or easily seen; open to view; visible to the eye; within sight or view.

  2. apparentadjective

    Clear or manifest to the understanding; plain; evident; obvious; known; palpable; indubitable.

  3. apparentadjective

    Appearing to the eye or mind (distinguished from, but not necessarily opposed to, true or real); seeming.

  4. Etymology: From apparent, in turn from apparens/apparentis, present participle of appareo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Apparentadjective

    Etymology: apparent, Fr. apparens, Lat.

    The main principles of reason are in themselves apparent. For to make nothing evident of itself unto man’s understanding, were to take away all possibility of knowing any thing. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    The perception intellective often corrects the report of phantasy, as in the apparent bigness of the sun, the apparent crookedness of the staff in air and water. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

    What secret imaginations we entertained is known to God: this is apparent, that we have not behaved ourselves, as if we preserved a grateful remembrance of his mercies. Francis Atterbury.

    The outward and apparent sanctity of actions should flow from purity of heart. John Rogers.

    As well the fear of harm, as harm apparent,
    In my opinion ought to be prevented. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    He is the next of blood,
    And heir apparent to the English crown. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

  2. Apparentnoun

    Elliptically used for heir apparent.

    Arise a knight;
    And learn this lesson, Draw thy sword in right. ——
    —— I’ll draw it as apparent to the crown,
    And in that quarrel use it. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.


  1. apparent

    Apparent refers to something that seems visible or evident, but may not necessarily be true or accurate. It often implies a surface perception, possibly subject to deception or illusion. It also refers to something that seems real or true but might not be.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apparentadjective

    capable of being seen, or easily seen; open to view; visible to the eye; within sight or view

  2. Apparentadjective

    clear or manifest to the understanding; plain; evident; obvious; known; palpable; indubitable

  3. Apparentadjective

    appearing to the eye or mind (distinguished from, but not necessarily opposed to, true or real); seeming; as the apparent motion or diameter of the sun

  4. Apparentnoun

    an heir apparent

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Apparent

    ap-pār′ent, adj. that may be seen: evident: palpable: seeming, as opposed to what really is: (Shak.) by ellipsis for heir-apparent.—adv. Appar′ently.—ns. Appar′entness; Heir′-appar′ent, applied to one who will undoubtedly inherit if he survives the present possessor. [Through Fr. from L. apparent-em, apparē-re.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. apparent

    In appearance, as visible to the eye, or evident to the mind, which in the case of astronomical motions, distances, altitudes, and magnitudes, will be found to differ materially from their real state, and require correcting to find the true place.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'apparent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1889

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'apparent' in Adjectives Frequency: #257

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apparent in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apparent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of apparent in a Sentence

  1. Bill Kramer:

    The purpose of the Academy’s campaign regulations is to ensure a fair and ethical awards process—these are core values of the Academy, given this review, it is apparent that components of the regulations must be clarified to help create a better framework for respectful, inclusive, and unbiased campaigning.

  2. Cedric Alexander:

    That's becoming more and more apparent, we have already, as many departments have begun to do, look at how to expand our mental health training when we find it certainly necessary to do so. Because it appears that we're seeing more and more of these cases across the country in which police are engaging with those who appear to be in distress.

  3. Norman Podhoretz:

    Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with it apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence.

  4. Brett Kavanaugh:

    This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President President Donald Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups.

  5. Jacques DeGraff:

    I believe that Donald Trump takes the GOP ticket down in flames if he captures the nomination. Not because Sen. Sanders and Gov. Dean say so, but because I believe his moment on center stage has passed, it is apparent to me that the Republican aspirants will gain more courage in attacking him the closer we get to primary season. Conversely, if Trump is not the nominee, there will be more Biden scrutiny. The Democrats will counter with a surprise legislative achievement that includes some GOP support.

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Translations for apparent

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  • відаво́чныBelarusian
  • видим, очевиден, привиден, явен, забележимBulgarian
  • aparentCatalan, Valencian
  • viditelný, zdánlivý, očividný, zjevnýCzech
  • offensichtlich, offenbarGerman
  • ŝajnaEsperanto
  • ostensible, claro, manifiesto, visible, aparente, evidenteSpanish
  • ظاهرPersian
  • ilmeinen, näkyvä, silminnähtävä, näennäinen, selväFinnish
  • manifeste, visible, évidente, apparente, criant, criante, apparent, évidentFrench
  • soiléir, follasach, dealramhachIrish
  • nyilvánvaló, látható, látszólagosHungarian
  • nyataIndonesian
  • 明白, 明瞭, 明確, 見える, 瞭然Japanese
  • skaidrs, redzamsLatvian
  • evident, duidelijk, klaar, klaarblijkelijk, ogenschijnlijkDutch
  • oczywisty, widoczny, pozornyPolish
  • څرګند, ښکارهPashto, Pushto
  • evidente, visível, claro, aparente, manifestoPortuguese
  • evident, manifest, clar, văditRomanian
  • очевидный, явный, кажущийся, видимыйRussian
  • viden, očítenSlovene
  • வெளிப்படையானTamil
  • స్పష్టమైనTelugu
  • очеви́дний, я́внийUkrainian
  • 明顯的Chinese

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    a protective covering (as for a knife or sword)
    A mitre
    B contempt
    C sheath
    D leaven

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