Ap*pear" (#), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Appeared (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Appearing.] [OE. apperen, aperen, OF. aparoir, F. apparoir, fr. L. apparre to appear + parreto come forth, to be visible; prob. from the same root as parre to produce. Cf. Apparent, Parent, Peer, v. i.]

1.

To come or be in sight; to be in view; to become visible.

And God . . . said, Let . . . the dry land appear. Gen. i. 9.

2.

To come before the public; as, a great writer appeared at that time.

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.

We must all appear before the judgment seat. Cor. v. 10.

One ruffian escaped because no prosecutor dared to appear. Macaulay.

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.

It doth not yet appear what we shall be. 1 John iii. 2.

Of their vain contest appeared no end. Milton.

5.

To seem; to have a certain semblance; to look.

They disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Matt. vi. 16.

Syn. -- To seem; look. See Seem.

 

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Ap*pear", n.

Appearance.

[Obs.]

J. Fletcher.

 

© Webster 1913.

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