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appear

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From Middle English apperen, aperen, from Old French aparoir (French apparoir, apparaître), from Latin apparēre (to appear), from ad (to) + parēre (come forth, to be visible).

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appear (third-person singular simple present appears, present participle appearing, simple past and past participle appeared)

  1. (intransitive) To come or be in sight; to be in view; to become visible.
    • 1611, Genesis 1:9:
      And God [] said, Let [] the dry land appear.
    • 2012 March-April, Jeremy Bernstein, “A Palette of Particles”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 146: 
      There were also particles no one had predicted that just appeared. Five of them […, i]n order of increasing modernity, […] are the neutrino, the pi meson, the antiproton, the quark and the Higgs boson.
  2. (intransitive) To come before the public.
    A great writer appeared at that time.
    • 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 2, The Affair at the Novelty Theatre[1]:
      Miss Phyllis Morgan, as the hapless heroine dressed in the shabbiest of clothes, appears in the midst of a gay and giddy throng; she apostrophises all and sundry there, including the villain, and has a magnificent scene which always brings down the house, and nightly adds to her histrionic laurels.
  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.
    • 1611, 1 John 3:2:
      It doth not yet appear what we shall be.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton:
      Of their vain contest appeared no end.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 18, The China Governess[2]:
      ‘Then the father has a great fight with his terrible conscience,’ said Munday with granite seriousness. ‘Should he make a row with the police […]?  Or should he say nothing about it and condone brutality for fear of appearing in the newspapers?
    • 2013 July-August, Philip J. Bushnell, “Solvents, Ethanol, Car Crashes & Tolerance”, American Scientist: 
      Surprisingly, this analysis revealed that acute exposure to solvent vapors at concentrations below those associated with long-term effects appears to increase the risk of a fatal automobile accident. Furthermore, this increase in risk is comparable to the risk of death from leukemia after long-term exposure to benzene, [] .
  5. (intransitive, copulative) To seem; to have a certain semblance; to look.
    He appeared quite happy with the result.
    • 1611, Matthew 6:16:
      They disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 5, The China Governess[3]:
      Mr. Campion appeared suitably impressed and she warmed to him. He was very easy to talk to with those long clown lines in his pale face, a natural goon, born rather too early she suspected.

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