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To appear and appearance

appear

verb

if someone or something appears somewhere, you begin to see them suddenly or for the first time

resurface

verb

to appear again after not being seen for a period of time

emerge

verb

to appear, or to become recognized

take shape

to develop into something that can be recognized

reappear

verb

to appear again

loom

verb

to appear as a large shape that is not clear, usually in a threatening way

appearance

noun

the fact of someone appearing, especially when you do not expect them

emergence

noun

the process of appearing or becoming recognized

flash

noun

the sudden appearance of an object for a very short time

rear its (ugly) head

to appear and cause problems

dark pool

a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

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