What does appear mean?

Definitions for appear

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word appear.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. look, appear, seemverb

    give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect

    "She seems to be sleeping"; "This appears to be a very difficult problem"; "This project looks fishy"; "They appeared like people who had not eaten or slept for a long time"

  2. appearverb

    come into sight or view

    "He suddenly appeared at the wedding"; "A new star appeared on the horizon"

  3. appear, come outverb

    be issued or published

    "Did your latest book appear yet?"; "The new Woody Allen film hasn't come out yet"

  4. appear, seemverb

    seem to be true, probable, or apparent

    "It seems that he is very gifted"; "It appears that the weather in California is very bad"

  5. appear, come alongverb

    come into being or existence, or appear on the scene

    "Then the computer came along and changed our lives"; "Homo sapiens appeared millions of years ago"

  6. appearverb

    appear as a character on stage or appear in a play, etc.

    "Gielgud appears briefly in this movie"; "She appeared in `Hamlet' on the London stage"

  7. appearverb

    present oneself formally, as before a (judicial) authority

    "He had to appear in court last month"; "She appeared on several charges of theft"


  1. appearverb

    To come or be in sight; to be in view; to become visible.

  2. appearverb

    To come before the public.

    A great writer appeared at that time.

  3. appearverb

    To stand in presence of some authority, tribunal, or superior person, to answer a charge, plead a cause, or the like; to present one's self as a party or advocate before a court, or as a person to be tried.

  4. appearverb

    To become visible to the apprehension of the mind; to be known as a subject of observation or comprehension, or as a thing proved; to be obvious or manifest.

  5. appearverb

    To seem; to have a certain semblance; to look.

    He appeared quite happy with the result.

  6. Etymology: From apperen, aperen, from aparoir (apparoir, apparaître), from apparere, from ad + parere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To APPEARverb

    Etymology: appareo, Lat.

    As the leprosy appeareth in the skin of the flesh. Lev. xiii. 43.

    And half her knee, and half her breast appear,
    By art, like negligence, disclos’d and bare. Matthew Prior.

    For I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness. Acts xxvi. 16.

    When shall I come and appear before God? Psalm xlii. 2.

    Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. Psalm xc. 16.

    Keep comfort to you, and this morning see
    You do appear before them. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Egfrid did utterly waste and subdue it, as appears out of Beda’s complaint against him; and Edgar brought it under his obedience, as appears by an ancient record. Edmund Spenser, Ireland.

    His first and principal care being to appear unto his people, such as he would have them be, and to be such as he appeared. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    My noble master will appear
    Such as he is, full of regard and honour. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæs.

    From experiments, useful indications may be taken, as will appear by what follows. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.


  1. appear

    To appear means to come into sight or to become visible or noticeable. It can also be used to describe giving a certain impression, often without substantial basis or truth. The term can also refer to coming into existence or use; arriving.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Appearverb

    to come or be in sight; to be in view; to become visible

  2. Appearverb

    to come before the public; as, a great writer appeared at that time

  3. Appearverb

    to stand in presence of some authority, tribunal, or superior person, to answer a charge, plead a cause, or the like; to present one's self as a party or advocate before a court, or as a person to be tried

  4. Appearverb

    to become visible to the apprehension of the mind; to be known as a subject of observation or comprehension, or as a thing proved; to be obvious or manifest

  5. Appearverb

    to seem; to have a certain semblance; to look

  6. Appearnoun


Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Appear

    ap-pēr′, v.i. to become visible: to present one's self formally before an authority or tribunal, hence to act as the representative or counsel for another: to be manifest: to be in one's opinion, to seem: to come into view, to come before the public, to be published (of a book): to seem though not real.—ns. Appear′ance, the act of appearing, e.g. in court to prosecute or answer a charge: the publication of a book: the effect of appearing conspicuously, show, parade: the condition of that which appears, form, aspect: outward look or show: a natural phenomenon: an apparition; Appear′er, one that appears: one who puts in an appearance in court.—It appears (impers.).—To all appearance, so far as appears to any one; To keep up appearances, to keep up an outward show with intent to conceal the absence of the inward reality; To put in an appearance, to appear in person. [Through Fr. from L. apparē-read, to, parēre, paritum, to come forth.]

Editors Contribution

  1. appear

    Be visible.

    It is clear we appear to be so loving, united, joyful and supportive to each other, we are so grateful.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 26, 2020  

  2. appear

    To sight.

    The sun can appear in the morning and what an amazing sight.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 5, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'appear' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #880

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'appear' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2064

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'appear' in Verbs Frequency: #67

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of appear in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of appear in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of appear in a Sentence

  1. Colen Garrow:

    While some of our export destination markets appear to be recovering, such as the euro zone and U.S., they remain small in the context of developments in China.

  2. Francois Molins:

    A mobile phone and a piece of paper, on which appear the Daesh flag and a clear written claim in Arabic, were found on the individual.

  3. Chris Roberts:

    It would appear from what I’ve seen that the federal guys took one paragraph out of a lot of discussions and a lot of meetings and notes and just chose that one as opposed to plenty of others. My biggest concern is obviously with the multiple conversations that I had with the authorities.

  4. Mark Whittle:

    I think you really should learn the stories of these young ladies, you really should read the bios and know what they go through, he said. Pastorchikcompeted for the title against 100 otheryoung women at the 19thannual swimsuit competition. The finalists were selected from more than 18,000 Hooters waitresses who currently work in one of the more than 400 restaurants worldwide. According to Hooters, contestants are evaluated based on responses to interview questions, personality and overall contribution to the Hooters brand, as well as swimsuit attire. The cornerstone of the brand is the world famous Hooters girls, she is beautiful, wholesome, optimistic, charismatic and the greatest antidote to a bad day. Pastorchik will receive a $ 30,000 cash prize and the chance to serve as the face of the Hooters brand with opportunities to appear in advertisements and assist in international openings. The newHooters queen has her real estate license and attends a technical school where she studies business. She says she plans to put her winnings towards a four-year degree.

  5. Chris Murphy:

    It was disturbing to see Mark Meadows doing that briefing, having been in close contact with the President, and not wearing a mask. Mark Meadows says Mark Meadows had tested negative, but often, those positive results don't show up for several days, so it just doesn't appear to me that the White House has gotten the message.

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Translations for appear

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  • ظهر, بدا, يبدوArabic
  • з’явіцца, з’яўляццаBelarusian
  • явявам се, появявам се, показвам сеBulgarian
  • aparèixer, sortir, semblarCatalan, Valencian
  • objevit, vypadatCzech
  • ymddangosWelsh
  • aussehen, erscheinen, einleuchten, auftreten, auftauchenGerman
  • dzeEwe
  • εμφανίζομαι, φαίνομαιGreek
  • aperi, aspektiEsperanto
  • parecer, aparecer, comparecerSpanish
  • به نظر می رسدPersian
  • näyttää, ilmestyäFinnish
  • paraître, apparaître, semblerFrench
  • coimhead, nochdScottish Gaelic
  • הופיע, נראהHebrew
  • दिखनाHindi
  • sanbleHaitian Creole
  • látszik, megjelenik, tűnik, feltűnikHungarian
  • apparerInterlingua
  • munculIndonesian
  • aparar, aspektarIdo
  • birtast, birtaIcelandic
  • apparireItalian
  • ように見える, 思われる, 現れる, らしい, そうJapanese
  • compareo, prodeo, provenio, simulo, coorior, similo, orior, videor, appareo, pareo, prodioLatin
  • ປະກົດLao
  • whakaaranga, tahakua, pokeMāori
  • verschijnen, haar opwachting maken, optreden, blijken, lijken, zijn opwachting makenDutch
  • pojawić się, zdawać się, pojawiać się, zjawiać się, zjawić sięPolish
  • semelhar, surgir, comparecer, aparecer, parecer, aparentarPortuguese
  • apărea, părea, da impresiaRomanian
  • предстать, появляться, видеться, появиться, являться, показаться, казаться, привидеться, явиться, представатьRussian
  • pojaviti, ukazati, doći, nastupiti, istupitiSerbo-Croatian
  • objaviťSlovak
  • framträda, se ut, komma i ljuset, komma i dagen, dyka uppSwedish
  • з'являтися, з'явитисяUkrainian
  • دکھایاUrdu

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