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"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 striking feature of his appearance was his long hair.
  • appearance noun (PERFORMANCE)

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

[C] the act of becoming noticeable or the fact of being present: It was his first television appearance.
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"appearance" in British English

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appearancenoun

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

B2 [C] an occasion when someone appears in public: It was his first appearance on television/television appearance as president. She will be making a public appearance, signing copies of her latest novel.
[C] an occasion when someone goes to court to be officially involved in a trial: This was the defendant's third court appearance for the same offence.
B2 [C] a public performance by an entertainer: He made his first stage/TV appearance at the age of six.
put in/make an appearance
to be present somewhere for a short time: 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 of smart 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 large car outside the house gave the appearance of wealth (= suggested wealthy people lived 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 their marriage is fine, but I think she gives him a bad time in private.

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(Definition of appearance from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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