Ap·pear v. i. [imp. & p. p. Appeared p. pr. & vb. n. Appearing.]
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. --2 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.
n : formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in
an action [syn: appearance, coming into court]