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[v] come into sight or view; "He suddenly appeared at the wedding"; "A new star appeared on the horizon"
[v] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] seem to be true, probable, or apparent; "It seems that he is very gifted"; "It appears that the weather in California is very bad"
[v] present oneself formally, as before a (judicial) authority; "He had to appear in court last month"; "She appeared on several charges of theft"


come along, look, seem


disappear, go away, vanish

Misc. Definitions

\Ap*pear"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Appeared}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Appearing}.] [OE. apperen, aperen, OF. aparoir, F. apparoir, fr. L. appar?re to appear + par?reto come forth, to be visible; prob. from the same root as par?re to produce. Cf. {Apparent}, {Parent}, {Peer}, v. i.]
1. To come or be in sight; to be in view; to become visible. And God . . . said, Let . . . the dry land appear. --Gen. i.
2. To come before the public; as, a great writer appeared at that time.
3. 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. We must all appear before the judgment seat. --[hand] Cor. v.
10. One ruffian escaped because no prosecutor dared to appear. --Macaulay.
4. 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. It doth not yet appear what we shall be. --1 John iii.

2. Of their vain contest appeared no end. --Milton.
5. To seem; to have a certain semblance; to look. They disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. --Matt. vi. 1
6. Syn: To seem; look. See {Seem}.
\Ap*pear"\, n. Appearance. [Obs.] --J. Fletcher.

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