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
  1. verb
    come into sight or view
    “He suddenly appeared at the wedding”
    “A new star appeared on the horizon”
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    disappear, go away, vanish
    get lost, as without warning or explanation
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    appear as though from hiding
    appear on the skin
    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
    come out into view, as from concealment
    appear on the surface, come to the surface on the ground
    appear briefly
    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
    become known or apparent
    break through, come through
    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)
    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
    burst or split open
    emerge suddenly
    appear again
    come back, return
    be restored
    fall out of the pod or husk
    show in one's face
  2. verb
    come into being or existence, or appear on the scene
    “Homo sapiens appeared millions of years ago”
    synonyms: come along
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    disappear, vanish
    cease to exist
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    appear briefly
    come on suddenly and intensely
    be found to exist
    geminate, pair
    occur in pairs
    occur persistently
    have a strong tendency to occur side by side
    abound in, pullulate with, teem in
    exist in large quantity
  3. verb
    be issued or published
    “Did your latest book appear yet?”
    synonyms: come out
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    happen, materialise, materialize
    come into being; become reality
  4. verb
    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”
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    do, execute, perform
    carry out or perform an action
  5. verb
    present oneself formally, as before a (judicial) authority
    “He had to appear in court last month”
    “She appeared on several charges of theft”
  6. verb
    seem to be true, probable, or apparent
    “It appears that the weather in California is very bad”
    synonyms: seem
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    appear to one's own mind or opinion
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  7. verb
    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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    appear to begin an activity
    give the appearance or impression of
    produce a certain impression
    pass off
    be accepted as something or somebody in a false character or identity
    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
    come into view indistinctly, often threateningly
    be felt or perceived in a certain way
    glitter as if covered with spangles
    hulk, loom, predominate, tower
    appear very large or occupy a commanding position
    give off a shimmering reflection, as of silk
    feel as if crawling with insects
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
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