ap·pear vi
1: to present oneself before a person or body having authority
to appear before the officer who is to take the depositionFederal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 37(d): as
a: to present oneself in court as a party to a lawsuit often through the representation of an attorney; also: to participate as a party to a lawsuit in a way other than by physical presence (as by mail)
b: to present oneself in court as the attorney for a party to a lawsuit
appear ing for the defendant
2: to have an outward look
conduct that appear s unethical

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (attend court proceedings) verb adesse, answer, be in attendance, be manifest, be present, be present to answer, come formally before a tribunal, come into court, comparere, enter an appearance, in judicium venire make an appearance, present an answer, present oneself, put in an appearance, submit oneself to foreign phrases:
- Idem est non esse, et non apparere. — Not to exist is the same thing as not to appear
II (materialize) verb apparere, arise, be in sight, be manifest, become visible, come into sight, come into view, come to light, conspici, emerge, exsistere, manifest itself, occur, present to the view III (seem to be) verb be patent, convey the impression, create the impression, give the effect, give the impression, have a certain semblance, have every indication, look, look as if, present the appearance, resemble, seem like, strike one as being, take on the aspect, take on the manner, videri, wear the aspect IV index bare, comport (behave), demean (deport oneself), emerge, report (present oneself)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To come into court as a party to a lawsuit and submit to the court’s jurisdiction.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

To come to court.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

To come before a court as a party or a witness in a lawsuit.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

To come before a court as a party or a witness in a lawsuit.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   for a party or an attorney to show up in court.
   See also: appearance

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • appear — [ə pir′] vi. [ME aperen < OFr aparoir < L apparere < ad , to + perere, to come forth, be visible; akin to Gr peparein, to display] 1. to come into sight 2. to come into being [freckles appear on his face every summer] 3. to become… …   English World dictionary

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