Pronunciation: (u-pēr'),[key] —v.i. 1. to come into sight; become visible: A man suddenly appeared in the doorway. 2. to have the appearance of being; seem; look: to appear wise. 3. to be obvious or easily perceived; be clear or made clear by evidence: It appears to me that you are right. 4. to come or be placed before the public; be published: Her biography appeared last year. 5. to perform publicly, as in a play, dance, etc.: He appeared as the king in the play. 6. to attend or be present, esp. to arrive late or stay but a short time: He appeared at the party but left quickly. 7. to come into being; be created, invented, or developed: Speech appears in the child's first or second year. 8. Law.to come formally, esp. as a party or counsel, to a proceeding before a tribunal, authority, etc.