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APPEAR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does appear mean? 

APPEAR (verb)
  The verb APPEAR has 7 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: APPEAR used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


APPEAR (verb)


Sense 1appear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

seem; appear; look

Context examples:

She seems to be sleeping / This appears to be a very difficult problem / This project looks fishy / They appeared like people who had not eaten or slept for a long time

Hypernyms (to "appear" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "appear"):

feel (be felt or perceived in a certain way)

loom (come into view indistinctly, often threateningly)

lift; rear; rise (rise up)

jump; jump out; leap out; stand out; stick out (be highly noticeable)

gleam; glint; glisten; glitter; shine (be shiny, as if wet)

beam; glow; radiate; shine (have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink)

come across (be perceived in a certain way; make a certain impression)

sound (appear in a certain way)

pass off (be accepted as something or somebody in a false character or identity)

feel (produce a certain impression)

cut (give the appearance or impression of)

make (appear to begin an activity)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s Adjective/Noun
Somebody ----s Adjective
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They appear to move


Sense 2appear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come into sight or view

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context examples:

He suddenly appeared at the wedding / A new star appeared on the horizon

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "appear"):

peep (appear as though from hiding)

re-emerge; reappear (appear again)

emerge (become known or apparent)

break through; come through (penetrate)

break through; come out; erupt; push through (break out)

roll in (pour or flow in a steady stream)

come to mind; spring to mind (be remembered)

burst forth; leap out; rush out; sally out (jump out from a hiding place and surprise (someone))

break (emerge from the surface of a body of water)

show; show up (be or become visible or noticeable)

crop up; pop; pop up (appear suddenly or unexpectedly)

burst out; pop out (appear suddenly)

basset; crop out (appear at the surface)

erupt (appear on the skin)

manifest (reveal its presence or make an appearance)

wash up (be carried somewhere by water or as if by water)

come to hand; come to light (be revealed or disclosed)

come on; come out; show up; surface; turn up (appear or become visible; make a showing)

emerge (come out into view, as from concealment)

outcrop (appear on the surface, come to the surface on the ground)

flash (appear briefly)

flash (emit a brief burst of light)

turn out (come, usually in answer to an invitation or summons)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

The moon will soon appear

Antonym:

disappear (get lost, as without warning or explanation)


Sense 3appear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be issued or published

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

appear; come out

Context examples:

Did your latest book appear yet? / The new Woody Allen film hasn't come out yet

Hypernyms (to "appear" is one way to...):

happen; materialise; materialize (come into being; become reality)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 4appear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Seem to be true, probable, or apparent

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

seem; appear

Context examples:

It seems that he is very gifted / It appears that the weather in California is very bad

Hypernyms (to "appear" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "appear"):

seem (appear to one's own mind or opinion)

Sentence frame:

It ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 5appear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come into being or existence, or appear on the scene

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

come along; appear

Context examples:

Then the computer came along and changed our lives / Homo sapiens appeared millions of years ago

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "appear"):

occur (to be found to exist)

fulminate (come on suddenly and intensely)

gleam (appear briefly)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s

Antonym:

disappear (cease to exist)


Sense 6appear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Appear as a character on stage or appear in a play, etc.

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Context examples:

Gielgud appears briefly in this movie / She appeared in 'Hamlet' on the London stage

Hypernyms (to "appear" is one way to...):

do; execute; perform (carry out or perform an action)

Domain category:

dramatic art; dramatics; dramaturgy; theater; theatre (the art of writing and producing plays)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 7appear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Present oneself formally, as before a (judicial) authority

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context examples:

He had to appear in court last month / She appeared on several charges of theft

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


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