Meaning of “apparent” in the English Dictionary

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"apparent" in British English

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apparentadjective

uk /əˈpær.ənt/ us /əˈper.ənt/

B2 able to be seen or understood:

Her unhappiness was apparent to everyone.
[ + that ] It was becoming increasingly apparent that he could no longer take care of himself.
I was on the metro this morning when, for no apparent reason, the man opposite me suddenly screamed.

C1 [ before noun ] seeming to exist or be true:

There are one or two apparent discrepancies between the two reports.
She has this apparent innocence which, I suspect, she uses to her advantage.

More examples

  • Various reasons are given for the apparent glass ceiling women hit in many professions.
  • Criminal gangs are terrorizing the city with apparent impunity.
  • At school she was a late developer, and it wasn't until she went to university that her talents became apparent.
  • In the middle of the meeting she suddenly laid into him for no apparent reason.
  • A small worry in the back of your mind can for no apparent reason take on massive proportions in the middle of the night.

(Definition of “apparent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"apparent" in American English

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apparentadjective

us /əˈpær·ənt, -ˈpeər-/

able to be seen or understood:

[ + that clause ] It was becoming increasingly apparent that he could no longer look after himself.

Apparent also means seeming to be true:

The apparent cause of death was drowning, but further tests were needed.

(Definition of “apparent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)