1 way that sb/sth looks
attractive, handsome, youthful
distinctive, odd, strange, striking
dishevelled/disheveled, scruffy (esp. BrE), unkempt, unprepossessing

With his dishevelled/disheveled appearance he often looks as though he's just fallen out of bed.

external, outer, outward, physical, surface, visual

In outward appearance the two types of tomato are similar.


attention to personal appearance and hygiene

general, overall

attempts to improve the general appearance of the town


Inside, the house had the appearance of a temple.

take on

Towns merged to take on the appearance of a city.

create, give

The report gives an appearance of scientific credibility.

alter, change

Shaving off his beard changed his appearance dramatically.


He stopped at the mirror to check his appearance.

enhance, improve

man-made materials that mimic the appearance of wood


We must avoid any appearance of impropriety.

keep up, maintain, preserve

They tried to maintain the appearance of normality.

in appearance

rather bird-like in appearance

contrary to appearances, despite appearances

The American president, despite appearances, has only limited power.

judge (sb/sth) by appearances

To judge by appearances, Roger was rather embarrassed.

keep up appearances (= hide the true situation and pretend that everything is going well)

When she lost all her money, she was determined to keep up appearances.

2 arrival of sb/sth
abrupt, dramatic, sudden, surprise, unexpected
first, initial

Since its first appearance in the 19th century, cholera has killed millions.

make, put in

She made a sudden appearance just as we were about to leave.

I feel I must put in at least a brief appearance at the party.


This marked the appearance of a new genre in American music.

3 act of appearing in public
first, second, etc.

her first appearance on the stage

final, last
frequent, occasional, rare, regular
live, personal
cameo, guest
court, radio, stage, television, TV

one of the actor's rare television appearances


The singer had to cancel her scheduled appearance.


She made a cameo appearance in the movie.


She was forced to cancel her appearance as keynote speaker at the event.

fee, money (both sports, esp. BrE)

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