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Meaning of appear

ap•pear

Pronunciation: (u-pēr'), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to come into sight; become visible: A man suddenly appeared in the doorway.
  2. to have the appearance of being; seem; look: to appear wise.
  3. to be obvious or easily perceived; be clear or made clear by evidence: It appears to me that you are right.
  4. to come or be placed before the public; be published: Her biography appeared last year.
  5. to perform publicly, as in a play, dance, etc.: He appeared as the king in the play.
  6. to attend or be present, esp. to arrive late or stay but a short time: He appeared at the party but left quickly.
  7. to come into being; be created, invented, or developed: Speech appears in the child's first or second year.
  8. to come formally, esp. as a party or counsel, to a proceeding before a tribunal, authority, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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