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definition of the word appear

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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Middle English apperen, aperen, Old French aparoir (French apparoir, apparaître), from Latin apparēre "to appear", from ad "to" + parēre, parrere "come forth, to be visible"; probably from the same root as parire "to produce". Compare with apparent, parent, peer, v.i.

to appear

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to 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.
    And God ... said, Let ... the dry land appear. --Gen. i. 9.
  2. (intransitive) To come before the public; as, 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, 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. --Cor. v. 10.
    One ruffian escaped because no prosecutor dared to appear. --Macaulay.
  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.
    It doth not yet appear what we shall be. --1 John iii. 2.
    Of their vain contest appeared no end. --Milton.
  5. (intransitive) To seem; to have a certain semblance; to look.
    They disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. --Matt. vi. 16.

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