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noun appearance pronunciation in British English /əˈpɪərəns/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the way that someone or something looks

    The twins are almost identical in appearance.

    His thinning hair gave him the appearance of a much older man.

    Recent initiatives have done a lot to improve the appearance of the district.

    1. a.
      the way that someone or something looks, when this is different to the way it really is

      He doesn’t look well off, but you shouldn’t judge by appearances.

      give the appearance of (doing) something:

      He had always given the appearance of agreeing with her ideas.

      to/by all appearances (=based on the way a situation seems):

      She was, to all appearances, enjoying the challenges of the new job.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the time when something starts to exist or be seen

    The disease is contagious only before the appearance of its initial symptoms.

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  3. 3
    [countable] an occasion when you are on television or in a play, movie, concert etc

    a public appearance

    make an appearance:

    She has made numerous appearances on TV game shows.


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