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"appearance" in British English

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appearancenoun

uk   /əˈpɪə.rəns/  us   /-ˈpɪr.əns/
  • appearance noun (BEING PRESENT)

B2 [C] an ​occasion when someone ​appears in ​public: It was his first appearance on ​television/​television appearance aspresident. She will be making a public appearance, ​signingcopies of her ​latestnovel. [C] an ​occasion when someone goes to ​court to be ​officiallyinvolved in a ​trial: This was the defendant's third court appearance for the same ​offence.B2 [C] a ​publicperformance by an entertainer: He made his first stage/TV appearance at the ​age of six.put in/make an appearance to be ​presentsomewhere for a ​shorttime: I didn't really ​want to go to the ​party, but I ​thought I'd ​better put in an appearance.

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  • appearance noun (WAY YOU LOOK)

B1 [C or U] the way a ​person or thing ​looks to other ​people: a ​middle-aged man ofsmart appearance You can alter/​change the ​whole appearance of a ​room just by ​lighting it in a ​certain way. There was nothing ​unusual about/in her ​physical appearance. The ​largecaroutside the ​house gave the appearance ofwealth (= ​suggestedwealthypeoplelived there). Appearances can be ​deceptive.appearances [plural] what things ​look like or ​seem to be ​rather than what they ​actually are: He was a ​far more ​complicated man than ​outward appearances ​suggested. to/from all appearances judging from what can be ​seen: To all appearances ​theirmarriage is ​fine, but I ​think she gives him a ​badtime in ​private.

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

"appearance" in American English

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appearancenoun

 us   /əˈpɪər·əns/
  • appearance noun (HOW IT SEEMS)

[U] the way a ​person or thing ​looks or ​seems to other ​people: The most ​strikingfeature of his appearance was his ​longhair.
  • appearance noun (PERFORMANCE)

[C] a ​publicperformance in a ​play, ​movie, ​dance, or other ​similarevent: Her only ​screen appearances were in two made-for-television ​movies.
  • appearance noun (BEING PRESENT)

[C] the ​act of ​becomingnoticeable or the ​fact of being ​present: It was his first ​television appearance.
(Definition of appearance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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