1) N-COUNT: usu with supp, oft supp N When someone makes an appearance at a public event or in a broadcast, they take part in it.

It was the president's second public appearance to date...

Keegan made 68 appearances in two seasons for Southampton, scoring 37 times.

2) N-SING: with supp Someone's or something's appearance is the way that they look.

She used to be so fussy about her appearance...

He had the appearance of a college student...

A flat-roofed extension will add nothing to the value or appearance of the house.

3) N-SING: with supp, oft N of n The appearance of someone or something in a place is their arrival there, especially when it is unexpected.

The sudden appearance of a few bags of rice could start a riot.

...last Christmas, when there'd been the welcome appearance of Cousin Fred.

4) N-SING: with supp, oft N of n The appearance of something new is its coming into existence or use.

Flowering plants were making their first appearance, but were still a rarity...

Fears are growing of a cholera outbreak following the appearance of a number of cases in the city.

5) N-SING: with supp If something has the appearance of a quality, it seems to have that quality.

We tried to meet both children's needs without the appearance of favoritism or unfairness...

The US president risked giving the appearance that the US was taking sides.

6) PHRASE: PHR with cl/group If something is true to all appearances, from all appearances, or by all appearances, it seems from what you observe or know about it that it is true.

He was a small and to all appearances an unassuming man.

7) PHRASE: V inflects If you keep up appearances, you try to behave and dress in a way that people expect of you, even if you can no longer afford it.

His parents' obsession with keeping up appearances haunted his childhood.

8) PHRASE: V inflects If you put in an appearance at an event, you go to it for a short time although you may not really want to, but do not stay.

You must put in an appearance, at least, or she'll think you're avoiding her.

show your face

English dictionary. 2008.


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