verb (used without object)
to come into sight; become visible: A man suddenly appeared in the doorway.
to have the appearance of being; seem; look: to appear wise.
to be obvious or easily perceived; be clear or made clear by evidence: It appears to me that you are right.
to come or be placed before the public; be published: Her biography appeared last year.
to perform publicly, as in a play, dance, etc.: He appeared as the king in the play.
to attend or be present, especially to arrive late or stay but a short time: He appeared at the party but left quickly.
to come into being; be created, invented, or developed: Speech appears in the child's first or second year.
Law. to come formally, especially as a party or counsel, to a proceeding before a tribunal, authority, etc.

1250–1300; Middle English ap(p)eren < Anglo-French, Old French aper-, tonic stem of apare(i)r, apparoir < Latin appārēre be seen, appear, equivalent to ap- ap1 + pārēre be visible

reappear, verb (used without object)
well-appearing, adjective

1. emerge, arise. 2. See seem. Unabridged
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appear (əˈpɪə)
1.  to come into sight or view
2.  (copula; may take an infinitive) to seem or look: the evidence appears to support you
3.  to be plain or clear, as after further evidence, etc: it appears you were correct after all
4.  to develop or come into being; occur: faults appeared during testing
5.  to become publicly available; be published: his biography appeared last month
6.  to perform or act: he has appeared in many London productions
7.  to be present in court before a magistrate or judge: he appeared on two charges of theft
[C13: from Old French aparoir, from Latin appārēre to become visible, attend upon, from pārēre to appear]

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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., from O.Fr. aparoir (12c.) "appear, come to light, come forth," from L. apparere "to appear," from ad- "to" + perere "to come forth, be visible."
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