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English definition of “appear”

appear

verb (BE PRESENT)    /əˈpɪər/ US  /-ˈpɪr/
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 .Appearing and disappearingExisting and being [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 .Taking legal action Grammar:AppearGrammar:Appear: how something looksWe use appear to say how something looks or seems to look. We usually follow it by an adjective or by a to-infinitive:Grammar:Appear meaning ‘come into sight’Appear also means ‘become noticeable’:Grammar:Appear or seem?We mostly use appear to talk about facts and events. We use seem to talk about facts, but also to talk about personal feelings and ideas. Seem is often used with a noun:
(Definition of appear verb (BE PRESENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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