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appear

verb (SEEM)    /əˈpɪər/ US  /-ˈpɪr/
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."Seeming and purporting to beFaking and pretending Grammar:AppearSee moreGrammar:Appear: how something looksWe use appear to say how something looks or seems to look. We usually follow it by an adjective or by a to-infinitive:See moreGrammar:Appear meaning ‘come into sight’Appear also means ‘become noticeable’:See moreGrammar:Appear or seem?We mostly use appear to talk about facts and events. We use seem to talk about facts, but also to talk about personal feelings and ideas. Seem is often used with a noun:See more
(Definition of appear verb (SEEM) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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