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

be as cold as ice

to be extremely cold

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More