appear before

appear before

1. To participate in legal proceedings. I'm so nervous to appear before the judge today.
2. To suddenly become visible to one. I had to slam on my brakes when that pedestrian just appeared before me.
3. To arrive early for something. I am locking that door at exactly 10:01, so I suggest you appear before the exam starts.
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appear before someone

1. to show up in the presence of someone, suddenly. The deer appeared before us with no sound or other warning. A frightful specter appeared before me.
2. to have a trial or hearing with a particular judge or court. You have to appear before Judge Cahill tomorrow. Have you ever appeared before the Supreme Court?
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appear before something

to arrive in advance of the appointed time or before some event. Please appear at least ten minutes before you are due. It is best to appear shortly before the time of your interview.
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appear under the name of (some name)

[for an actor] to perform under a special name. She is appearing under the name of Fifi. I appeared under the stage name Rex Righteous.
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References in classic literature ?
already prepared to appear before the king, should be introduced.
The force is naming all those charged during the four-week festive period, and who are set to appear before the courts.
To appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court on January 9.
ISLAMABAD -- Attorney General (AG) Irfan Qadir has said avoidance on part of registrar Supreme Court (SC) to appear before Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is incomprehensible.
Avoiding to appear before PAC by registrar SC is beyond comprehension.
Due to appear before magistrates on Feb 24 charged with being drunk and disorderly.
Cluff's attorney, Mark Werksman, said Cluff had not been ``invited'' to appear before the grand jury.
Cody won't appear before a grand jury,'' Werksman said.
Our referees are in a position to enforce ethical, appropriate behavior on the part of those that appear before them and are encouraged to do so by the proposed standards.
The following people have been charged and will appear before the courts in due course: Friday, December 19 Idnan Maroof, 24, of Azalea Grove, Birmingham.
The representative of Mir Muhabbat Khan Marri also appeared voluntarily and the Committee decided to ask the Controller of Examination to appear before the Committee alongwith record.
Farah Deeba (PP-Reserved) failed to appear before the Committee and the Committee unanimously decided to send them another reminder through media to appear on Monday, the 1st November 2010.
Kootenay was originally arrested in Montana in April after failing to appear before the county grand jury to answer questions about the assualt rifle purchases.
Brooks was remanded in custody and will next appear before Birmingham Magistrates on September 16.
Hillary Rodham Clinton has been subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury that is investigating whether anyone at the White House obstructed justice in the handling of records from the first lady's former law firm.