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appear

verb [I]
 
 
/əˈpɪər/
SEEM B1 to seem to be a particular thing or have a particular quality: He appeared calm and relaxed. She appeared to be crying. [+ (that)] It appears that we were wrong about him.Seeming and purporting to beFaking and pretendingApparent and obviousVisible
BE SEEN B1 to start to be seen: He suddenly appeared in the doorway. Then a bright light appeared in the sky. →  Opposite disappear Appearing and disappearing
BECOME AVAILABLE B2 to start to exist or become available: Laptop computers first appeared in the 1990s. The story appeared in all the major newspapers.Available and accessiblePresent
appear in/at/on, etc B1 to perform in a film, play, etc, or be seen in public: She appears briefly in the new Bond movie. The Princess hasn't appeared in public since her divorce was announced.Acting, rehearsing and performing
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