appear

If something appears, it comes into view. Rub a magic lamp and a genie will appear. If that's the case, she will grant you three wishes.

Appear comes from the Latin apparere meaning "to appear, come in sight, make an appearance." Whether literally materializing or seeming to be true, the word appear is used to describe something coming into sight or presenting itself. The word can also be used to describe an actor appearing in a play. Julie Andrews appeared in the musical "Victor Victoria." When someone looks happy, he appears to be happy. When a detail seems true, it appears to be true.

DEFINITIONS OF: appear

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v come into sight or view

“He suddenly appeared at the wedding”
“A new star appeared on the horizon”
Antonyms:
disappear, go away, vanish
get lost, as without warning or explanation
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peep
appear as though from hiding
erupt
appear on the skin
manifest
reveal its presence or make an appearance
wash up
be carried somewhere by water or as if by water
come to hand, come to light
be revealed or disclosed
come on, come out, show up, surface, turn up
appear or become visible; make a showing
emerge
come out into view, as from concealment
outcrop
appear on the surface, come to the surface on the ground
flash
appear briefly
flash
emit a brief burst of light
turn out
come, usually in answer to an invitation or summons
basset, crop out
appear at the surface
burst out, pop out
appear suddenly
re-emerge, reappear
appear again
emerge
become known or apparent
break through, come through
penetrate
break through, come out, erupt, push through
break out
roll in
pour or flow in a steady stream
come to mind, spring to mind
be remembered
burst forth, leap out, rush out, sally out
jump out from a hiding place and surprise (someone)
break
emerge from the surface of a body of water
show, show up
be or become visible or noticeable
crop up, pop, pop up
appear suddenly or unexpectedly
dehisce
burst or split open
burst
emerge suddenly
resurface
appear again
come back, return
be restored
shell
fall out of the pod or husk
register
show in one's face

v come into being or existence, or appear on the scene

“Homo sapiens appeared millions of years ago”
Synonyms:
come along
Antonyms:
disappear, vanish
cease to exist
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gleam
appear briefly
fulminate
come on suddenly and intensely
occur
to be found to exist
geminate, pair
occur in pairs
run
occur persistently
collocate
have a strong tendency to occur side by side
abound in, pullulate with, teem in
exist in large quantity

v be issued or published

“Did your latest book appear yet?”
Synonyms:
come out
Type of:
happen, materialise, materialize
come into being; become reality

v appear as a character on stage or appear in a play, etc.

“Gielgud appears briefly in this movie”
“She appeared in `Hamlet' on the London stage”
Type of:
do, execute, perform
carry out or perform an action

v present oneself formally, as before a (judicial) authority

“He had to appear in court last month”
“She appeared on several charges of theft”

v seem to be true, probable, or apparent

“It appears that the weather in California is very bad”
Synonyms:
seem
Types:
seem
appear to one's own mind or opinion
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect

“This appears to be a very difficult problem”
“They appeared like people who had not eaten or slept for a long time”
Synonyms:
look, seem
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make
appear to begin an activity
cut
give the appearance or impression of
feel
produce a certain impression
pass off
be accepted as something or somebody in a false character or identity
sound
appear in a certain way
come across
be perceived in a certain way; make a certain impression
beam, glow, radiate, shine
have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink
gleam, glint, glisten, glitter, shine
be shiny, as if wet
jump, jump out, leap out, stand out, stick out
be highly noticeable
lift, rear, rise
rise up
loom
come into view indistinctly, often threateningly
feel
be felt or perceived in a certain way
spangle
glitter as if covered with spangles
hulk, loom, predominate, tower
appear very large or occupy a commanding position
shimmer
give off a shimmering reflection, as of silk
crawl
feel as if crawling with insects
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
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