Appear Ap*pear", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Appeared}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Appearing}.] [OE. apperen, aperen, OF. aparoir, F. apparoir, fr. L. appar?re to appear + par?reto come forth, to be visible; prob. from the same root as par?re to produce. Cf. {Apparent}, {Parent}, {Peer}, v. i.] 1. To come or be in sight; to be in view; to become visible. [1913 Webster]

And God . . . said, Let . . . the dry land appear. --Gen. i. 9. [1913 Webster]

2. To come before the public; as, a great writer appeared at that time. [1913 Webster]

3. 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. [1913 Webster]

We must all appear before the judgment seat. --[hand] Cor. v. 10. [1913 Webster]

One ruffian escaped because no prosecutor dared to appear. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

4. 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. [1913 Webster]

It doth not yet appear what we shall be. --1 John iii. 2. [1913 Webster]

Of their vain contest appeared no end. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. To seem; to have a certain semblance; to look. [1913 Webster]

They disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. --Matt. vi. 16. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To seem; look. See {Seem}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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