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"appear" in British English

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appearverb

uk   /əˈpɪər/  us   /əˈpɪr/
  • 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.

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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 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."

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  • 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.

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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 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)
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“appear” in American English

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