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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.
presence learned minutes #659: appear thoughts former twenty

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.

Infinitive
to appear

Third person singular
appears

Simple past
appeared

Past participle
appeared

Present participle
appearing

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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