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Middle English apperen, aperen, Old French aparoir (French apparoir, apparaître), from Latin apparēre "to appear", from ad "to" + parēre, parrere "come forth, to be visible"; probably from the same root as parire "to produce". Compare with apparent, parent, peer, v.i.
Third person singular
- (intransitive) To come or be in sight; to be in view; to become visible.
- And God ... said, Let ... the dry land appear. --Gen. i. 9.
- (intransitive) To come before the public; as, a great writer appeared at that time.
- (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.
- We must all appear before the judgment seat. --Cor. v. 10.
- One ruffian escaped because no prosecutor dared to appear. --Macaulay.
- (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.
- It doth not yet appear what we shall be. --1 John iii. 2.
- Of their vain contest appeared no end. --Milton.
- (intransitive) To seem; to have a certain semblance; to look.
- They disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. --Matt. vi. 16.
- Senses 4, 5. This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive. See Appendix:English catenative verbs
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