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English verb: appear

1. appear (perception) give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect

SamplesShe seems to be sleeping.
This appears to be a very difficult problem.
This project looks fishy.
They appeared like people who had not eaten or slept for a long time.

ExamplesThey appear to move

Synonymslook, seem

Pattern of useSomething ----s Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s Adjective.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)beam, come across, cut, feel, feel, gleam, glint, glisten, glitter, glow, jump, jump out, leap out, lift, loom, make, pass off, radiate, rear, rise, shine, shine, sound, stand out, stick out

2. appear (change) come into sight or view

SamplesHe suddenly appeared at the wedding.
A new star appeared on the horizon.

ExamplesThe moon will soon appear

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Narrower (hyponym)basset, break, break through, break through, burst forth, burst out, come on, come out, come out, come through, come to hand, come to light, come to mind, crop out, crop up, emerge, emerge, erupt, erupt, flash, flash, leap out, manifest, outcrop, peep, pop, pop out, pop up, push through, re-emerge, reappear, roll in, rush out, sally out, show, show up, show up, spring to mind, surface, turn out, turn up, wash up

Antonymsdisappear, vanish, go away

3. appear (change) be issued or published

SamplesDid your latest book appear yet?.
The new Woody Allen film hasn't come out yet.

Synonymscome out

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)happen, materialise, materialize

4. appear (perception) seem to be true, probable, or apparent

SamplesIt seems that he is very gifted.
It appears that the weather in California is very bad.


Pattern of useIt ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)seem

5. appear (change) come into being or existence, or appear on the scene

SamplesThen the computer came along and changed our lives.
Homo sapiens appeared millions of years ago.

Synonymscome along

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Narrower (hyponym)fulminate, gleam, occur

Antonymsdisappear, vanish

6. appear (creation) appear as a character on stage or appear in a play, etc.

SamplesGielgud appears briefly in this movie.
She appeared in `Hamlet' on the London stage.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)do, execute, perform

Domain categorydramatic art, dramatics, dramaturgy, theater, theatre

7. appear (social) present oneself formally, as before a (judicial) authority

SamplesHe had to appear in court last month.
She appeared on several charges of theft.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

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