appear


appear
appear 1 Appear, loom, emerge mean to come out into view. In use, however, they are only rarely interchangeable.
Appear is weakest in its implication of a definite physical background or a source; consequently it sometimes means merely to become visible or to become apparent (see EVIDENT)
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one by one the stars appeared in the sky

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nothing appears in the testimony to cause doubt of the defendant’s guilt

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Sometimes it means to present oneself in public in a particular capacity or to be presented or given out to the public
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Clarence Darrow appeared as counsel for the defendant

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Booth appeared nightly as Hamlet for the last two weeks of his run

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the new biography of Lincoln will appear next month

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weeklies usually appear on Thursday or Friday

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Loom means appearing as through a mist or haze
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a smear of . . . lead-colored paint had been laid on to obliterate Henchard’s name, though its letters dimly loomed through like ships in a fog— Hardy

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between the bed and the ottoman . . . the cot loomed in the shadows— Bennett

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Because things seen in a fog are often magnified by their indistinct outlines, loom, especially when followed in figurative use by large or great or when followed by up, suggests apparent and sometimes appalling magnitude
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some mornings it [a mesa] would loom up above the dark river like a blazing volcanic mountain— Cather

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that which loomed immense to fancy low before my reason lies— Browning

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Emerge definitely implies a coming out into the open from something that envelops: the word therefore presupposes a period or condition of concealment, obscurity, gestation, or insignificance
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the sun emerged from the clouds

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after a long hunt for him, we saw him emerging from the crowd

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that part of northern Ohio where the Bentley farms lay had begun to emerge from pioneer life— Anderson

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Lord Sligo emerges from this account as an able and conscientious administrator— Times Lit. Sup.

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Analogous words: *come, arrive: issue, emanate, rise, arise, *spring
Antonyms: disappear: vanish
Contrasted words: depart, retire, withdraw, *go, leave 2 *seem, look

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  • Appear — Ap*pear , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Appeared}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Appearing}.] [OE. apperen, aperen, OF. aparoir, F. apparoir, fr. L. appar?re to appear + par?reto come forth, to be visible; prob. from the same root as par?re to produce. Cf. {Apparent} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • appear — [v1] come into sight arise, arrive, attend, be present, be within view, blow in*, bob up*, break through, breeze in*, check in*, clock in*, come, come forth, come into view, come out, come to light*, crop up*, develop, drop in*, emerge, expose,… …   New thesaurus

  • appear — [ə pir′] vi. [ME aperen < OFr aparoir < L apparere < ad , to + perere, to come forth, be visible; akin to Gr peparein, to display] 1. to come into sight 2. to come into being [freckles appear on his face every summer] 3. to become… …   English World dictionary

  • appear — (v.) late 13c., to come into view, from stem of O.Fr. aparoir (12c., Mod.Fr. apparoir) appear, come to light, come forth, from L. apparere to appear, come in sight, make an appearance, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + parere to come forth, be… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Appear — Ap*pear , n. Appearance. [Obs.] J. Fletcher. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • appear — appear, appeared For the type She appeared to have encouraged him, see perfect infinitive …   Modern English usage

  • appear — ► VERB 1) become visible or evident. 2) give a particular impression; seem. 3) present oneself publicly or formally, especially on television or in a law court. 4) be published. ORIGIN Latin apparere, from parere come into view …   English terms dictionary

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  • appear — v. 1) (D; intr.) to appear against; for (she appeared against him in court) 2) (D; intr.) to appear to (she appeared to him in a dream) 3) (E) she appears to be well 4) (L; to) it appears (to me) that they will not come 5) (esp. BE) (S) to appear …   Combinatory dictionary


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