ap|pear|ance [ ə`pırəns ] noun ***
1. ) count or uncount the way that someone or something looks:
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.
The twins are almost identical in appearance.
a ) the way that someone or something looks, when this is different from 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. ) uncount the time when something starts to exist or be seen:
The disease is contagious only before the appearance of its initial symptoms.
a ) the fact of someone appearing, especially when you do not expect them:
Julie's sudden appearance in the doorway startled me.
3. ) count 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.
4. ) count an occasion when you go to a court of law, committee, or similar institution so that people can ask you questions and make decisions about you:
He has had 14 other court appearances.
keep up appearances
to pretend that everything is good, for example with your marriage or your financial situation, even though you are having problems:
Their marriage was over, but they wanted to keep up appearances for the children's sake.
put in/make an appearance
to go somewhere for a short time, especially because you feel you have an obligation to go there:
I think I ought to put in an appearance at the office before lunch.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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