Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To become visible: a plane appearing in the sky.
  • intransitive v. To come into existence: New strains of viruses appear periodically.
  • intransitive v. To seem or look to be: appeared unhappy. See Synonyms at seem.
  • intransitive v. To seem likely: They will be late, as it appears.
  • intransitive v. To come before the public: has appeared in two plays; appears on the nightly news.
  • intransitive v. Law To present oneself formally before a court as defendant, plaintiff, or counsel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To come or be in sight; to be in view; to become visible.
  • v. To come before the public.
  • v. 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.
  • v. 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.
  • v. To seem; to have a certain semblance; to look.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Appearance.
  • intransitive v. To come or be in sight; to be in view; to become visible.
  • intransitive v. To come before the public.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • intransitive v. To seem; to have a certain semblance; to look.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To come or be in sight; become visible by approach or by emerging from concealment; be exposed to view.
  • To stand in presence, as parties or advocates before a court; make appearance.
  • To come or be placed before the public; come to the notice of the public: as, the actor appeared only once a week; his history appeared in 1880.
  • To be obvious; be known, as a subject of observation or comprehension; be clear or made clear by evidence.
  • To seem; have a certain semblance or appearance; look: as, he appeared to be wise; it appears to me that this is unsafe; he appears very old.
  • . To be understood; be intelligible: as, “Do I now appear?” Cotgrave.
  • Synonyms
  • n. Appearance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. come into sight or view
  • v. be issued or published
  • v. give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
  • v. come into being or existence, or appear on the scene
  • v. present oneself formally, as before a (judicial) authority
  • v. appear as a character on stage or appear in a play, etc.
  • v. seem to be true, probable, or apparent

Etymologies

Middle English aperen, from Old French aparoir, aper-, from Latin appārēre : ad-, ad- + pārēre, to show.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English apperen, aperen, from Old French aparoir (French apparoir, apparaître), from Latin apparēre ("to appear"), from ad ("to") + parēre ("come forth, to be visible"). (Wiktionary)

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