Meaning of “apparently” in the English Dictionary

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"apparently" in British 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).

More examples

  • The train was delayed, apparently due to leaves on the line.
  • His resignation was apparently for personal rather than professional reasons.
  • He lives in Little Overington, apparently, wherever that is.
  • A series of apparently unconnected events led to his resignation.
  • I heard a rumour that she's leaving, but apparently it's not true.

(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.

(Definition of “apparently” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)