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"appear" in British English

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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 ​darkstainsstarted appearing on the ​wall. His ​name appears in the ​filmcredits for ​lighting. [I] If you appear in ​court, you are there ​officially because you are ​involved in a ​trial: Both women will be appearing beforemagistrateslater this ​week.

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  • appear verb (SEEM)

B1 [L or I, not continuous] to ​seem: You've got to appear (to be) ​calm in an ​intervieweven if you're ​terrifiedunderneath. To ​people who don't ​know him he ​probably appears (to be) ​ratherunfriendly. Things aren't always what they appear to be. [+ to infinitive] She appears toactually like the man, which I ​findincredible. There appears to be some ​mistake. [+ (that)] It appears (that) she ​left the ​partyalone. 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 ​aircraftactually had a ​licence to ​fly it. [+ adv/prep] It appears as if/as though I was ​wrong. Everything was not as it appeared - ​secretdeals 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."

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  • appear verb (PERFORM)

B1 [I usually + adv/prep] to ​performpublicly in a ​play, ​film, or show: She will be appearing in the ​latestadaptation of "Bleak House". She appears ​briefly in the new Bond ​film.

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

"appear" in American English

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appearverb

 us   /əˈpɪər/
  • appear verb (BE PRESENT)

[I] to ​becomenoticeable or to be ​present: At this ​point the ​ferryboatsuddenly appeared. Her ​picture appeared on the ​frontpage 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 ​performpublicly in a ​play, ​movie, ​dance, or other ​similarevent: He is ​currently appearing in two ​movies.
(Definition of appear from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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