Definitions of appear

  1. present oneself formally, as before a ( judicial) authority; " He had to appear in court last month"; " She appeared on several charges of theft"
  2. come into sight or view; " He suddenly appeared at the wedding"; " A new star appeared on the horizon"
  3. 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"
  4. be issued or published, as of news in a paper, a book, or a movie; " Did your latest book appear yet?"; " The new Woody Allen film hasn't come out yet"
  5. 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"
  6. 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"
  7. seem to be true, probable, or apparent; " It seems that he is very gifted"; " It appears that the weather in California is very bad"
  8. be issued or published; " Did your latest book appear yet?"; " The new Woody Allen film hasn't come out yet"
  9. Appearance.
  10. To come before the public; as, a great writer appeared at that time.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. To seem; to have a certain semblance; to look.
  14. To come or be in sight; to become visible; seem; as, he appears ill; to come before the public.
  15. To become visible: to be present: to seem, though not real.
  16. To be or to come in sight; to seem.
  17. To come into view; become visible.
  18. To seem, or seem likely.
  19. To come into view; to become visible; to come before; to be manifest; to be evident; to seem. See Apparent.

Usage examples for appear

  1. My dearest soul- Would you have me appear- I would have you appear, Sir, as you are! – Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9) by Samuel Richardson
  2. He looked with anxiety at some blood that had begun to appear on the lips. – Harvest by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  3. Poor Lucy was too ill to appear at dinner that day, and for several more she did not stir out. – The Star-Gazers by George Manville Fenn
  4. It might appear as though he had been afraid. – The Regent's Daughter by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  5. Now consider who ought to appear. – The Orations of Lysias by Lysias
  6. Somehow, they appear to get away with all these things, and more. – Fish Stories by Henry Abbott
  7. You seem to have tried to make it appear as bad for yourself as you can. – Ideala by Sarah Grand
  8. Dear Roger, she murmured, he didn't appear well the last time I saw him. – Without a Home by E. P. Roe
  9. Her mother did not appear. – The Front Yard by Constance Fenimore Woolson
  10. I called to him several times, but he did not appear. – Adventures in Australia by W.H.G. Kingston
  11. Does it appear to you to be the same? – The Comedies of Terence by Publius Terentius Afer
  12. He started, looked round surprised, and did not appear to recognize me. – Vendetta A Story of One Forgotten by Marie Corelli
  13. He died in 1791. His 'Anecdotes on the Revolution in Russia' did not appear till 1797; his Histoire de l'Anarchie de Pologne not till even later. – A Short History of French Literature by George Saintsbury
  14. He did not appear to see Virginia. – The Crisis, Volume 7 by Winston Churchill
  15. When does your first number appear? – The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac
  16. I should like to explain to you, my dear, that I am not as rich a woman as I appear. – A College Girl by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  17. Ashton- Kirk listened with careful attention, and when Bat had finished, he said: " You appear to have had quite a time of it. – Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist by John T. McIntyre
  18. Still he did not appear. – Cord and Creese by James de Mille
  19. I could not ask more than that each of those ladies might appear to the other what each has appeared to me. – The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872, Vol II. by Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson
  20. Dio did not appear. – With Axe and Rifle by W.H.G. Kingston