What does appear mean?

Definitions for appear

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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. Craig Mitnick:

    Adversity may initially appear as the enemy, however somewhere along it's journey it will reappear in the form of a friend, bringing about positive personal change.

  2. Adam Smith:

    To found a great empire for the sole purpose of raising up a people of customers, may at first sight appear a project fit only for a nation of shopkeepers. It is, however, a project altogether unfit for a nation of shopkeepers, but extremely fit for a nation that is governed by shopkeepers.

  3. Shilan Shah:

    This suggests that the hiking cycle is not over just yet, it would appear that the [ central bank ] felt it prudent to wait to assess the impact of the first two hikes before moving again.

  4. Richard Peters:

    He seemed quite clear and lucid, whereas this may seem like very irrational behavior, he didnt appear to me to be facing any challenges or mental impairment, other than holding fairly extreme views.

  5. Martha Clare Morris:

    Of all of the different types of vegetables, green leafy appear to be most related to protection against cognitive decline.

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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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    the domain ruled by an emperor or empress; the region over which imperial dominion is exercised
    • A. vehicle
    • B. deterioration
    • C. integrity
    • D. empire

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