Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “appear”

See all translations

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.
(Definition of appear from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of appear?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “appear” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

lamb

a young sheep, or the flesh of a young sheep eaten as meat

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More