Definition of appear verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈpɪə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɪr//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they appear
    BrE BrE//əˈpɪə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɪr//
    he / she / it appears
    BrE BrE//əˈpɪəz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɪrz//
    past simple appeared
    BrE BrE//əˈpɪəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɪrd//
    past participle appeared
    BrE BrE//əˈpɪəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɪrd//
    -ing form appearing
    BrE BrE//əˈpɪərɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɪrɪŋ//
    Producing TV shows, Film reviews and promotion
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  1. 1  linking verb (not used in the progressive tenses) to give the impression of being or doing something synonym seem + adj. She didn't appear at all surprised at the news. It appears unlikely that interest rates will fall further. + noun He appears a perfectly normal person. appear to do something She appeared to be in her late thirties. They appeared not to know what was happening. There appears to have been a mistake. it appears (that)… It appears that there has been a mistake. It would appear that this was a major problem. Language BankperhapsMaking an opinion sound less definite Most cybercrime involves traditional crimes, such as theft and fraud, being committed in new ways. Phishing is perhaps/possibly/probably the best-known example of this. It seems/appears that the more personal data which organizations collect, the more opportunity there is for this data to be lost or stolen. It seems clear that introducing national ID cards would do little to prevent identity theft. It could be argued that the introduction of national ID cards might actually make identity theft easier. It is possible that/It may be that the only way to protect ourselves against DNA identity theft is to avoid the creation of national DNA databases. More Like This Verbs usually followed by infinitives afford, agree, appear, arrange, attempt, beg, choose, consent, decide, expect, fail, happen, hesitate, hope, intend, learn, manage, mean, neglect, offer, prepare, pretend, promise, refuse, swear, try, want, wishSee worksheet.
  2. be seen
  3. 2  [intransitive] to start to be seen Three days later a rash appeared. + adv./prep. A bus appeared around the corner. Smoke appeared on the horizon. Posters for the gig appeared all over town. New shoots are just appearing at the base of the plant.
  4. begin to exist
  5. 3  [intransitive] (+ 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.
  6. of book/programme
  7. 4[intransitive] (+ 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. These allegations appear in a forthcoming documentary. See related entries: Producing TV shows
  8. in movie/play
  9. 5[intransitive] (+ 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 Obama in a new play on Broadway. See related entries: Film reviews and promotion
  10. arrive
  11. 6[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to arrive at a place By ten o'clock Lee still hadn't appeared.
  12. be written/mentioned
  13. 7[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to be written or mentioned somewhere Your name will appear at the front of the book.
  14. in court
  15. 8[intransitive] (+ 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 is expected to appear at Dumfries Sheriff Court on Monday. 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.
  16. 9[intransitive] appear for/on behalf of somebody to act as somebody’s lawyer in court James Gilbert is the lawyer appearing for the defendant. compare disappear see also apparent
  17. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French apareir, from Latin apparere, from ad- ‘towards’ + parere ‘come into view’.Extra examples He appears to be a perfectly normal person. It appears there has been a mistake. It would appear that this was a major problem. She didn’t appear at all surprised at the news. A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of seven women. A man suddenly appeared in the doorway. A police officer appeared as if from nowhere and ordered us to halt. He appears briefly in the movie as a waiter. He will appear at Manchester Crown Court next week. Modern contact lenses first appeared in the 1940s. She is currently appearing at the Liverpool Playhouse. She rarely appears in public. She regularly appears on television. Some exciting new products have recently appeared on the market. Symptoms usually appear within two to three days. The Senator has appeared frequently on this show. The man will appear before magistrates in Birmingham later today. A bit later Jill appeared and came over to join them. A man appeared at the door and asked to see her. By ten o’clock Lee still hadn’t appeared. He looked worried when he appeared in my office at half past two. He was asked to appear as a witness for the defence. Her dead mother appeared to her in a dream. If a rash appears, call a doctor immediately. Just then the bus appeared around the corner. Michael appeared a few moments later. Next month he will be appearing as Clinton in a new play on Broadway. The door burst open and John appeared. The file appeared on my desk yesterday. They had all appeared before the court several times.
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