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Dictionary definition for: Appear

1. (v) give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect; "She 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"

2. (v) come into sight or view; "He suddenly appeared at the wedding" "A new star appeared on the horizon"

3. (v) be issued or published; "Did your latest book appear yet?" "The new Woody Allen film hasn''t come out yet"

4. (v) seem to be true, probable, or apparent; "It seems that he is very gifted" "It appears that the weather in California is very bad"

5. (v) come into being or existence, or appear on the scene; "Then the computer came along and changed our lives" "Homo sapiens appeared millions of years ago"

6. (v) 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"

7. (v) present oneself formally, as before a (judicial) authority; "He had to appear in court last month" "She appeared on several charges of theft"

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