appear Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "appear" - English Dictionary

See all translations

appearverb

uk   /əˈpɪər/  us   /-ˈpɪr/

appear verb (BE PRESENT)

B1 [I] to start to be seen or to be present: He suddenly appeared in the doorway. We'd been in the house a month when dark stains started appearing on the wall. His name appears in the film credits for lighting. [I] If you appear in court, you are there officially because you are involved in a trial: Both women will be appearing before magistrates later this week.
More examples

appear verb (SEEM)

B1 [L or I, not continuous] to seem: You've got to appear (to be) calm in an interview even if you're terrified underneath. To people who don't know him he probably appears (to be) rather unfriendly. Things aren't always what they appear to be. [+ to infinitive] She appears to actually like the man, which I find incredible. There appears to be some mistake. [+ (that)] It appears (that) she left the party alone. It appears to me (that) (= I think that) we need to make some changes.formal It would appear (that) (= it seems that) nobody on board the aircraft actually had a licence to fly it. [+ adv/prep] It appears as if/as though I was wrong. Everything was not as it appeared - secret deals had been done. I know how it must appear, but it's not really as bad as it looks. "Has he left?" "It appears not/so." [after so] "I think we're late." "So it appears."
More examples

appear verb (PERFORM)

B1 [I usually + adv/prep] to perform publicly in a play, film, or show: She will be appearing in the latest adaptation of "Bleak House". She appears briefly in the new Bond film.
More examples

appear verb (BECOME AVAILABLE)

B2 [I] to start to exist or become available: I've noticed that smaller cars are starting to appear (= be produced or sold) again. The film, currently showing in the States, will be appearing on our screens (= we will be able to see it) later this year.

appear verb (ARRIVE)

[I] to arrive: If she hasn't appeared by ten o'clock I'm going without her.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of appear from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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
avatar

an image that represents you in online games, chat rooms, etc. and that you can move around the screen

Word of the Day

The cake was made by my sister: how to use the passive in English.
The cake was made by my sister: how to use the passive in English.
by Liz Walter,
June 24, 2015
Look at these two sentences: My sister made the cake. The cake was made by my sister. Both these sentences mean the same. The first is an active sentence: it tells you what the sister did. The second is a passive sentence: it tells you what happened to the cake. Here are

Read More 

burger noun
burger noun
June 29, 2015
a menu on a computer screen comprising three short parallel horizontal lines which the user clicks to see options Definitely use a burger. You could put the settings in the burger menu too. Fix the settings to the bottom of the burger menu and use a vertically scrolling contact list that scrolls behind

Read More