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appear

verb  /əˈpɪər/ us  

appear verb (BE PRESENT)

[I] to become noticeable or to be present: At this point the ferry boat suddenly appeared. Her picture appeared on the front page of the newspaper. We have to appear in court next week. [I] To appear is also to be made available: The interview with the president will appear next Sunday.

appear verb (SEEM)

to seem: [L] The governor appeared confident of victory on the eve of the election. [+ (that) clause] It appears (that) she had asked someone to drive her home from the party. [+ to infinitive] There appears to be some mistake.

appear verb (PERFORM)

[I always + adv/prep] to perform publicly in a play, movie, dance, or other similar event: He is currently appearing in two movies.
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