appear
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /əˈpɪə/
  • (America) IPA: /əˈpiɹ/, [əˈpʰiɹ]
  • (Scotland) IPA: /əˈpiːɹ/
Verb

appear (appears, present participle appearing; past and past participle appeared)

  1. (intransitive) To come or be in sight; to be in view; to become visible.
    • 1611, Book of Genesis 1:9:
      And God […] said, Let […] the dry land appear.
  2. (intransitive) To come before the public.
    A great writer appeared at that time.
  3. (intransitive) To stand in presence of some authority, tribunal, or superior person, to answer a charge, plead a cause, etc.; to present oneself as a party or advocate before a court, or as a person to be tried.
    • 1611, Second Epistle to the Corinthians 5:10:
      We must all appear before the judgment seat.
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 12, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
  4. (intransitive) 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.
    • 1611, First Epistle of John 3:2:
      It doth not yet appear what we shall be.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book IX”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Of their vain contest appeared no end.
  5. (intransitive, copulative) To seem; to have a certain semblance; to look.
    He appeared quite happy with the result.
    • 1611, Gospel of Matthew 6:16:
      They disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast.
  6. (transitive) To bring into view.
    • c. 1604: Measure for Measure by Shakespeare
      [Angelo] is yet a devil / His filth within being cast, he would appear / A pond as deep as hell.
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