Definition of “apparently” - English Dictionary

“apparently” in English

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uk /əˈpær.ə us /əˈper.ə

B2 used to say you have read or been told something although you are not certain it is true:

Apparently it's going to rain today.
Apparently he's had enough of England and is going back to Australia.

B2 used when the real situation is different from what you thought it was:

You know I told you Alice's party was on the 13th? Well I saw her last night and apparently it's on the 14th.
She looks about ten, but apparently she's 14.
I thought they were married but apparently not (= they are not married).

B2 used to say that something seems to be true, although it is not certain:

An 80-year-old woman was badly hurt in what the police describe as an apparently motiveless attack (= an attack for no apparent reason).

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(Definition of “apparently” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /əˈpær·ənt·li, -ˈper-/

according to what seems to be true or what is likely, based on what you know:

The computer trouble was apparently caused by a programming error.

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Airport noise has been mentioned, but it apparently affects 1.7% of the population of a country, while road traffic noise affects far more.
In drawing up her second report, the rapporteur apparently did not take account of her fellow members' general lack of satisfaction.
The apparently democratic way in which national governments are appointed after elections does not prevent them being at the service of their countries' big bosses.
Work for upgrading purposes and, more recently, for removal of the asbestos has been carried out since 2004 - apparently while the buildings have been in use.
Apparently there is nothing too shocking about this, given that, after all, we already import cars, fruit, vegetables, etc., and so why not cotton too?
The countries that apparently have slightly longer hours actually have a better health and safety record than some other countries, including, my friend, your own.
The third reason cited is that the regulations governing the immigration of third-country workers is apparently a cornerstone of general immigration policy.
The possibilities are apparently endless - communication without frontiers, democratic access to information, trade and communication - but the dream quickly comes up against the realities of the sociological and economic world.
We have apparently been too impatient.
Also, it must be said that this approach is further eroding the intervention system and, as with other products, it will apparently be abolished altogether for cereals.