Verb appear Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


appear (third-person singular simple present appears, present participle appearing, simple past and past participle appeared)

  1. (intransitive) To come or be in sight; to be in view; to become visible.
  2. (intransitive) To come before the public.
  3. (intransitive) 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.
  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.
  5. (intransitive, copulative) To seem; to have a certain semblance; to look.

More definition: come into sight; become visible, A man suddenly appeared in the doorway. have the appearance of being; seem; look, to appear wise. be obvious or easily perceived; be clear or made clear by evidence, It appears to me that you are right. come or be placed before the public; be published, Her biography appeared last year. perform publicly, as in a play, dance, etc., He appeared as the king in the play. attend or be present, especially to arrive late or stay but a short time, He appeared at the party but left quickly. come into being; be created, invented, or developed, Speech appears in the child's first or second year.

8.Law. to come formally, especially as a party or counsel, to a proceeding before a tribunal, authority, etc.

1. to come into sight or view

2. (copula; may take an infinitive) to seem or look, the evidence appears to support you

3. to be plain or clear, as after further evidence, etc, it appears you were correct after all

4. to develop or come into being; occur, faults appeared during testing

5. to become publicly available; be published, his biography appeared last month

6. to perform or act, he has appeared in many London productions

7. to be present in court before a magistrate or judge, he appeared on two charges of theft Word OriginC13, from Old French aparoir, from Latin appārēre to become visible, attend upon, from pārēre to appearCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
late 13c., "to come into view," from stem of Old French aparoir (12c., Modern French apparoir) "appear, come to light, come forth," from Latin apparere "to appear, come in sight, make an appearance," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + parere "to come forth, be visible," from PIE root *per- "to bring forth" (see pare). Of persons, "present oneself," late 14c. Meaning "seem, have a certain appearance" is late 14c. Related, Appeared; appearing.


She settled into the seat and relaxed, diverting her attention to Destiny, who didn't appear to notice that something unusual was happening.

He did date occasionally, but he didn't appear to be serious about any of the girls.

I tried to appear resigned to defeat.

He leaned back in a chair across from her with muscular, feline grace, managing to appear both at ease and ready to pounce.

While Dean wanted to appear upbeat about Martha's reunion, honesty made it a difficult task.

Señor Medena obviously delighted in that fact and even Alex didn't appear to mind.

We knew you'd appear eventually.

Cynthia surmised that when they did appear, they were oversights on the part of the writer who unconsciously placed them as if she were writing in a normal, un-coded fashion.

And how must she appear to him?

Thank God it didn't appear she had been contacted by her husband, but something was seri­ously wrong and Dean was smack-dab in the middle of it.

Torches blazed, and rich food began to appear on long tables.

The teen didn't appear happy.

His tone was pompous and he strutted up and down in an absurd attempt to appear dignified.

In addition, images engraved in walls of what appear to be people infected with polio are found in Egypt dating back to at least 1400 BC.

The sun is alone, except in thick weather, when there sometimes appear to be two, but one is a mock sun.

Learn More about appear

List of Verbs that Start with A-Z

List of Verbs that End with A-Z

List of Verbs by Length

3 letters4 letters5 letters6 letters7 letters8 letters9 letters10 letters11 letters12 letters