1 come into sight/existence

A man suddenly appeared in the doorway.

from nowhere, magically

A police officer appeared as if from nowhere and ordered us to halt.

first, initially, originally

Modern contact lenses first appeared in the 1940s.


Symptoms usually appear within two to three days.


Some exciting new products have recently appeared on the market.

2 perform/be seen in public
frequently, occasionally, often

The Senator has appeared frequently on this show.


She rarely appears in public.


He appears briefly in the movie as a waiter.


She is currently appearing at the Playhouse.

appear on television

She regularly appears on television.

3 in court
at (BrE)

He will appear at Manchester Crown Court next week.

appear before a court, appear before a judge, appear before a magistrate

The man will appear before magistrates later today.

appear in court

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of seven women.

Appear is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑ad, ↑advert, ↑advertisement, ↑article, ↑bloom, ↑book, ↑bruise, ↑bud, ↑commercial, ↑crack, ↑doubt, ↑edition, ↑exhibition, ↑face, ↑flaw, ↑flower, ↑frown, ↑gap, ↑ghost, ↑glint, ↑grin, ↑illustration, ↑leaf, ↑letter, ↑line, ↑message, ↑moon, ↑name, ↑notice, ↑photograph, ↑poster, ↑rash, ↑reflection, ↑report, ↑review, ↑shape, ↑shoot, ↑sign, ↑split, ↑star, ↑sun, ↑sweat, ↑symptom, ↑tear, ↑work, ↑wrinkle

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