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appear to

1. To seem like. It appears to me that she isn't interested in this project, as she hasn't attended one meeting. I left early because it appeared to me that you weren't coming. It appears to be genuine, but we'll have to get an expert to examine it.
2. To become visible to someone. I'm telling you, the Virgin Mary appeared to me in a vision last night.
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appear to someone (that...)

Fig. to seem to someone that... It appears to me that you are always late.
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appear to someone

[for something] to make an appearance before someone. My late grandmother appeared to me in a dream.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Our conception of the degree of freedom often varies according to differences in the point of view from which we regard the event, but every human action appears to us as a certain combination of freedom and inevitability.
If I examine an act I performed a moment ago in approximately the same circumstances as those I am in now, my action appears to me undoubtedly free.
The Austro-Prussian war appears to us undoubtedly the result of the crafty conduct of Bismarck, and so on.
Le Grand, with all his zeal for the Roman church, appears to have seen them.
He appears to know every detail of every horror perpetrated in the century.
When all or nearly all the individuals exposed to certain conditions are affected in the same way, the change at first appears to be directly due to such conditions; but in some cases it can be shown that quite opposite conditions produce similar changes of structure.
Besides the several evident causes of destruction, there appears to be some more mysterious agency generally at work.
Mysterious as this circumstance appears to be, it is not more surprising than that the body of one's fellow-creature, directly after death, and before putrefaction has commenced, should often be of so deleterious a quality, that the mere puncture from an instrument used in its dissection, should prove fatal.
The secret of the rapidly growing prosperity of Bathurst is, that the brown pasture which appears to the stranger's eye so wretched, is excellent for sheep-grazing.
I formerly imagined that Australia would rise to be as grand and powerful a country as North America, but now it appears to me that such future grandeur is rather problematical.
"Oh, yes, sir, he told me; it appears to have been an apoplectic stroke."
corporate media appears to take its cue from White House foreign policy.
Again, two years of being in a sustained community of teachers mutually giving value to each others' voices appears to provide a context for teacher ongoing use of reciprocity in thinking and the development of legitimacy of voice as a pathway from idea to action.
The real estate depression of the late 1970's appears to be a bleep to today's age group.