From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishappearanceap‧pear‧ance /əˈpɪərəns $ əˈpɪr-/ ●●●W2 noun1way somebody/something looks [countable, uncountable]APPEARANCE the way someone or something looks to other peopleHe was always criticising his wife’s appearance.appearance ofThey’ve changed the appearance of the whole building.We are often attracted to somebody first by their physical appearance.Women, in general, tend to be more concerned than men about their personal appearance.She had an outward appearance of calm, but deep down she was really worried.The metal posts spoiled the appearance of the garden.A garnish helps to enhance the appearance of any dish.She’s the kind of woman who takes pride in her appearance.You shouldn’t judge by appearances.They work hard at school without giving the appearance of being particularly hard-working.The case had all the appearances of a straightforward murder.The pupils looked angelic – but appearances can be deceptive.He was, to all appearances, a respectable, successful businessman.2somebody takes part in a public event [countable]PERFORM when a famous person takes part in a film, concert, or other public eventIt was his first public appearance since the election.He made his last appearance for the club in the Cup Final.appearance money/fee (=money paid to a famous person to attend an event)3something new starts to existEXIST [singular] when something new begins to exist or starts being usedappearance ofThe industry has changed greatly with the appearance of new technologies.the appearance of buds on the trees4arrival [countable usually singular]APPEAR the unexpected or suddenarrival of someone or somethingappearance ofEileen was deep in concentration, and the sudden appearance of her daughter startled her.5 →keep up appearances6 →for appearances’ sake/for the sake of appearances7 →put in an appearance/make an appearance8at a law court/meeting [countable]TRIAL an occasion when someone goes to a court of law or official meeting to give information, answer questions etcHe is due to make another court appearance on Monday.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: the way someone or something looks to other peopleadjectivessomebody's/something's physical appearanceIf you want to improve your physical appearance, eat well and exercise.somebody's personal appearanceTeenagers are very conscious of their personal appearance.somebody's/something's odd/strange appearanceChildren sometimes stared at him because of his odd appearance.a distinctive/striking appearance (=unusual and interesting)The unusual leaves give the plant a distinctive appearance.an attractive/handsome/pleasing etc appearanceLarge blue eyes set in a long thin face give him a striking and attractive appearance.somebody's youthful appearanceShe was no longer a young woman, despite her youthful appearance.the outward appearanceBeneath the outward appearance of confidence, she is very shy.the general/overall appearanceThe second phase of the project is to improve the town’s overall appearance.the visual appearanceIntensive farming changed the visual appearance of the countryside.verbshave a ... appearanceThe young girl had a pleasing appearance.improve/enhance the appearance of something/somebodyFresh air improves the appearance of the skin.change/alter the appearance of somethingThe proposed dam will change the appearance of the surrounding countryside enormously.give something/somebody a … appearanceHis uniform gave him an official appearance.phrasestake pride in your appearance (=make an effort to look good)She seems to take no pride at all in her personal appearance these days.judge by appearances (=make judgements based on the way someone or something looks)You shouldn’t judge by appearances.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: when a famous person takes part in a film, concert, or other public eventADJECTIVES/NOUN + appearancesomebody's first/second/last etc appearanceThis is the band's last appearance in the UK before a 46-date tour of Europe. a public appearanceIn his first public appearance since his election, the president-elect ruled out talks with the United States. a radio/TV appearanceJohn hated the endless TV appearances to promote each new album.a guest appearance (=an appearance by a famous person on a TV show or at a musical event, in addition to the people who usually take part)He made several guest appearances on the show in the 1960s. a cameo appearance (=a short appearance in a film or play by a well-known actor or person )Alfred Hitchcock always made a cameo appearance in his own films.a personal appearanceThe First Lady is asked to make a large number of personal appearances for worthy causes.a live appearanceTroy's first live appearance was at last year's Montreux Jazz Festival.a Wembley/Hollywood Bowl etc appearanceHe led the Broncos to three Super Bowl appearances in twelve years. a farewell appearance (=a last appearance)His farewell appearance for the club was made in front of a packed crowd.verbsmake an appearanceThe president made a dramatic appearance on nationwide television to announce a fresh peace initiative.appearance + NOUNappearance fee/money (=the money someone is paid to appear somewhere)He gave his appearance fee to charity. THESAURUSappearance the way someone or something looks to other peopleShe’d had plastic surgery to change her appearance.The mushrooms are similar in appearance to poisonous ones, so you have to be careful.looks someone’s appearance, especially when considering how good-looking they are. Looks is more informal than appearanceGirls of that age are always worried about their looks.People generally describe him as having boyish good looks.image the appearance and character that a person, organization, product etc deliberately tries to produceShe wowed fans with her sleek new image.The scandal has damaged her image as an honest politician.The car has a racy new image.aspect literary the appearance of someone or somethingThe costume gives his character an even more sinister aspect.