Meaning of APPEAR in English

APPEAR

/ əˈpɪə(r); NAmE əˈpɪr/ verb

LOOK / SEEM

1.

linking verb (not used in the progressive tenses) to give the impression of being or doing sth

SYN seem :

[ v - adj ]

She didn't appear at all surprised at the news.

[ v - n ]

He appears a perfectly normal person.

[ v to inf ]

She appeared to be in her late thirties.

They appeared not to know what was happening.

There appears to have been a mistake.

[ v ( that )]

It appears that there has been a mistake.

It appears unlikely that interest rates will fall further.

It would appear that this was a major problem.

BE SEEN

2.

[ v , usually + adv. / prep. ] to start to be seen :

A bus appeared around the corner.

Smoke appeared on the horizon.

Three days later a rash appeared.

BEGIN TO EXIST

3.

[ v , usually + adv. / prep. ] to begin to exist or be known or used for the first time :

When did mammals appear on the earth?

This problem first appeared in the inner cities.

OF BOOK / PROGRAMME

4.

[ v , usually + adv. / prep. ] to be published or broadcast :

His new book will be appearing in the spring.

It was too late to prevent the story from appearing in the national newspapers.

IN MOVIE / PLAY

5.

[ v , usually + adv. / prep. ] to take part in a film / movie, play, television programme, etc. :

He has appeared in over 60 movies.

She regularly appears on TV.

Next month he will be appearing as Bush in a new play on Broadway.

ARRIVE

6.

[ v , usually + adv. / prep. ] to arrive at a place :

By ten o'clock Lee still hadn't appeared.

BE WRITTEN / MENTIONED

7.

[ v , usually + adv. / prep. ] to be written or mentioned somewhere :

Your name will appear at the front of the book.

IN COURT

8.

[ v , usually + adv. / prep. ] to be present in court in order to give evidence or answer a charge :

A man will appear in court today charged with the murder.

She appeared on six charges of theft.

They will appear before magistrates tomorrow.

He has been asked to appear as a witness for the defence.

9.

[ v ] appear for / on behalf of sb to act as sb's lawyer in court :

Cherie Booth is the lawyer appearing for the defendant.

—see also apparent

—compare disappear

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : from Old French apareir , from Latin apparere , from ad- towards + parere come into view.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.