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IELTS BNC: 1770 COCA: 2502


apparent ˈperənt/ adjective
Learner's definition of APPARENT
[more apparent; most apparent] : easy to see or understand显而易见的;易懂的
always used before a noun : seeming to be true but possibly not true貌似的;表面上的;未必真实的
IELTS BNC: 1770 COCA: 2502



ap·​par·​ent ə-ˈper-ənt How to pronounce apparent (audio)
: open to view : visible
The changes were readily apparent.
: clear or manifest to the understanding
for reasons that are apparent
: appearing as actual to the eye or mind
was in apparent danger
: manifest to the senses or mind as real or true on the basis of evidence that may or may not be factually valid
died of an apparent heart attack
The air of spontaneity is perhaps more apparent than real. J. R. Sutherland
law : having an indefeasible right to succeed to a title or estate
ə-ˈper-ənt-nəs How to pronounce apparent (audio)
Choose the Right Synonym for apparent

apparent, illusory, seeming, ostensible mean not actually being what appearance indicates.

apparent suggests appearance to unaided senses that may or may not be borne out by more rigorous examination or greater knowledge.

the apparent cause of the accident

illusory implies a false impression based on deceptive resemblance or faulty observation, or influenced by emotions that prevent a clear view.

an illusory sense of security

seeming implies a character in the thing observed that gives it the appearance, sometimes through intent, of something else.

the seeming simplicity of the story

ostensible suggests a discrepancy between an openly declared or naturally implied aim or reason and the true one.

the ostensible reason for their visit

synonyms see in addition evident

Example Sentences

"Reborn" is overwhelmingly a record of an inner landscape, and so there is little sense of the times—no mention of civil-rights demonstrations, no arguments about Cuba. Sontag barely even let her journal know that she was at work on a novel, although the effects of that undertaking are perhaps apparent in the increasingly aphoristic style of her pages. Darryl Pinckney, New Yorker, 22 & 29 Dec. 2008 He believes that the key to memory, despite its apparent complexities, will eventually prove to be simple: a single molecule. He may be right. Michael Greenberg, New York Review of Books, 4 Dec. 2008 Since last fall, beekeepers in at least 35 states have reported colonies that shrank rapidly for no apparent reason. Adult bees just go missing, leaving behind young bees in need of tending. Susan Milius, Science News, 28 July 2007 The Internal Revenue Service last week suggested that between 1 million and 2 million Americans have overseas bank accounts that issued them credit or debit cards-the apparent purpose being to evade U.S. taxes. Robert J. Samuelson, Newsweek, 8 Apr. 2002 From the beginning, it was apparent that she was not an ordinary child. He started yelling and throwing things for no apparent reason. We disagreed on the apparent meaning of the movie. What was the apparent cause of the accident? See More
Recent Examples on the Web Even where wrongdoing is apparent, experts say the cash may never be recovered. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2022 The frustration has been apparent throughout the preseason, especially when matching up against the Panthers and Raiders in practices and games. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Sep. 2022 Within minutes a nearby motion detector was triggered repeatedly for no apparent reason. Natalia Senanayake, Peoplemag, 31 Aug. 2022 Zuckerberg noted that the downside of working at home becomes apparent when his wife of 10 years, Priscilla Chan, interrupts him. Dean Obeidallah, CNN, 28 Aug. 2022 People with these conditions show signs of cognitive deficits even before their illness becomes apparent, said Carter, who was not involved in the new study. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2022 After the collision, Ms. Forth told police officers that Autopilot — a Tesla driver-assistance system that can steer, brake and accelerate cars — had suddenly activated her brakes for no apparent reason. New York Times, 18 Aug. 2022 Every year, about 20% of Americans will get hives – those itchy, red bumps or welts that can appear after a day in the garden, taking medication, being bitten by a bug or for no apparent reason at all. Patricia A. Macculloch, The Conversation, 12 Aug. 2022 The Herrmann’s bottle of holy water tipped over for no apparent reason. Sophie Hanson, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Aug. 2022 See More

Word History


Middle English apparaunt, apparent, apperaunt, borrowed from Anglo-French apparaunt, from present participle of aparer, apareir "to be visible, appear"

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of apparent was in the 14th century
IELTS BNC: 1770 COCA: 2502


VERBS | ADVERB | PREPOSITION VERBSbe, seem顯然;似乎明顯become變得明顯It soon became apparent that the company was losing money.該公司在虧本的情況很快就顯露出來。make sth使⋯明顯He made it apparent that he was very annoyed.他明確地表示他很煩惱。ADVERBglaringly, particularly, strongly, very顯而易見;尤為明顯;非常明顯;很明顯fully, quite完全清晰可見;相當明顯increasingly越來越明顯all too極其明顯His unhappiness was all too apparent.他的悲傷再明顯不過了。quickly, soon很快顯現出來;不久就變得明顯immediately, instantly立刻顯露出來;馬上變得清楚明白The extent of their injuries was not immediately apparent.他們的傷勢還不能馬上看出來。easily, readily很容易看清楚;非常清楚明白clearly明明白白painfully令人不快地明顯Local suspicion of the incomers was painfully apparent.當地人對外來者的懷疑態度十分明顯,讓人心痛。PREPOSITIONto對⋯來說很明顯His lack of experience was quite apparent to everyone.他缺乏經驗,每個人都看得出來。
IELTS BNC: 1770 COCA: 2502
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0_0: Translations of apparent
  • # a.
    表面的: apparent, exterior, external, facial, obverse, ostensible
    逴: apparent
    明: apparent, bright, clear, clear-sighted, next
    明顯的: apparent, blatant, conspicuous, kenspeckle, manifest, overt
    顯: apparent, illustrious, noticeable, obvious

0_0: Definitions of apparent
  • # adjective.
    - clearly visible or understood; obvious.
    * it became apparent that he was talented

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