1 WAY SB/STH LOOKS (C, U) the way someone or something looks to other people: You mustn't worry about your appearance - you look fine. | They've changed the whole appearance of the building. | judge by appearances (=judge someone or something by the way they look): It's usually best not to judge by appearances. | have all the appearances of (=have all the qualities or features that are typical of something): The case had all the appearances of a straightforward murder. | to/by all appearances (=based on the way someone or something seems to most people): He was, to all appearances, a respectable, successful businessman. | contrary to/against (all) appearances (=in spite of the way they appear): Contrary to appearances, she's actually quite funny when you get to know her. | give/create the appearance of (=seem): Nigel gives the appearance of being confident, but he isn't really.
2 STH NEW (singular) the point at which something new begins to exist or starts being used
(+ of): the appearance of the first mammals | the appearance of buds on the trees
3 ARRIVAL (countable usually singular) the unexpected or sudden arrival of someone or something
(+ of): The shouting suddenly stopped with the appearance of Peter's father.
4 PLAY/FILM/CONCERT ETC (C) the act of taking part in a film, play, concert etc: make an appearance: He made his first appearance on stage in a Broadway review. | the band's only European appearance this year
5 keep up appearances to continue to wear good clothes and behave as though you have plenty of money even though you no longer do
6 for appearances' sake/for the sake of appearances if you do something for appearances' sake, you are trying to make people think you are still happy, successful etc
7 put in an appearance/make an appearance to go to an event for a short time, because you think you should: At least Marc managed to put in an appearance at the party.
8 LAW COURT/MEETING (C) the act of being present at a court of law or official meeting: make an appearance: He made a brief appearance in court.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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