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Appear is sometimes a misspelling of appears.

The word appear is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the verb appear

What does appear mean as a doing word?

Appear is one of the top 100 most common verbs. It is used mostly in writing, being one of the top 100 most common verbs in written English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: appeared | appearing | appears

  1. give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
    • examples: This appears to be a very difficult problem | They appeared like people who had not eaten or slept for a long time | They appear to move
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Theme] [Verb] [Adjective]He appeared crazy
      [Theme] [Verb] [Adverb]He seemed well
      [Theme] [Verb] [Predicate, raising to subject with infinitive]He seemed to come
      [Theme] [Verb] [Predicate, not sentential clause]He seemed a fool
      [Theme] [Verb] in [Predicate, not sentential clause]The matter seems in dispute

      Seem Verbs (with the same syntax): seem.

    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of appear: look / seem
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
    • more specific terms:
  2. come into sight or view
  3. be issued or published
    • example: Did your latest book appear yet?
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of appear: come out
    • more generic words: happen / materialise / materialize = come into being
  4. seem to be true, probable, or apparent and suggest that a certain state of affair holds
    • example: It appears that the weather in California is very bad
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonym of appear: seem
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
    • more specific word: seem = appear to one's own mind or opinion
  5. come into being or existence, or appear on the scene
    • example: Homo sapiens appeared millions of years ago
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of appear: come along
    • antonym of appear: disappear
    • more specific words:
  6. appear as a character on stage or appear in a play, etc.
  7. present oneself formally, as before a (judicial) authority
    • examples: He had to appear in court last month | She appeared on several charges of theft
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events

Alternative definition of the verb appear


  1. [intransitive] To come or be in sight; to be in view; to become visible.
  2. [intransitive] To come before the public.
  3. [intransitive] To stand in presence of some authority, tribunal, or superior person, to answer a charge, plead a cause, or the like; to present one's self as a party or advocate before a court, or as a person to be tried.
  4. [intransitive] To become visible to the apprehension of the mind; to be known as a subject of observation or comprehension, or as a thing proved; to be obvious or manifest.
  5. [intransitive, copulative] To seem; to have a certain semblance; to look.


Who is Appear?

Appear a.k.a. Boundzound is a member of the German musical group Seeed.


Appear Networks Systems AB is a Swedish provider of enterprise mobility solutions. The main product, Appear IQ, is a cloud based enterprise mobility platform which offers a mobile development platform and a hosted operational environment. The development SDK enables cross-platform and device agnostic app development. A back end integration SDK to enable apps to integrate with enterprise software is also included. Appear products are offered as cloud-based services however can also be provided as a traditional on-site installation depending for larger customers.


"appear" is a musical album of Junko Iwao.

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Appear

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Google previewLexisNexis Practice Guide: Florida Criminal Practice and Procedure 2016 Edition (2015)

by Kendall Coffey, David M. Gersten

A notice to appear is a means of securing jurisdiction over the person of a defendant. It is provided for by the rules, and its definition shows its jurisdictional function. Core Statute: See Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.125. Judicial Note: A notice to appear is a ...

Google previewEssentials of Criminal Law (2016)

Law, Criminal law by CTI Reviews

Failure to appear is the legal term for the failure of a defendant or respondent to appear at (or within) the stated time before a...

Google previewToward an Evolutionary Regime for Spectrum Governance (2006)

Licensing or Unrestricted Entry? by William J. Baumol, Dorothy Robyn

But the key implication is that while any particular type of change cannot be foreseen, the prospect that some drastically different technology with unforeseeable spectrum requirements will appear is a virtual. 23. See Baumol and Blinder (2005, ...

Google previewThe Standard-phonographic Dictionary (1862)

by Andrew Jackson Graham

Appear thr, Perdher1. Appear to be ...

Google previewDictionary of Canadian Biography (1988)

by Francess G. Halpenny

Ontario and Quebec appear in five subdivisions as shown on the maps; those for Quebec are based on the administrative regions defined by the Direction general du domaine territorial. The section Other Countries is based for the most part ...

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Usage statistics about appear

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb appear:

spoken English18.38%written English81.62% imaginative writing41.06%informational writing58.94%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb appear:


Comparison of usage frequency between the verb appear and its most common antonym:


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Quotes about Appear

A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood. (William Shenstone)
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Scrabble value of A1P3P3E1A1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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