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apparent +‎ -ly


  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈpaɹəntli/
  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈpæɹ.ɨ
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apparently (comparative more apparently, superlative most apparently)

  1. (archaic) Plainly; clearly; manifestly; evidently.
    Synonyms: obviously, plainly, clearly, evidently, visibly; see also Thesaurus:obviously
  2. Seemingly; in appearance.
    Synonyms: ostensibly, seemingly; see also Thesaurus:ostensibly
    A man may be apparently friendly, yet malicious in heart.
    • 2006, Donald Ringe, From Proto-Indo-European to Proto-Germanic (A Linguistic History of English; 1)‎[1], Oxford: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 197:
      The r-stems had apparently been reduced to the five nuclear kinship terms that still survive in Modern English.
  3. According to what the speaker has read or heard.
    Synonyms: allegedly, reportedly
    Apparently you are quite a good dancer.
    • 2006, Lewandowski, Lois, The Fatal Heir: A Gillian Jones Mystery, iUniverse, →ISBN, page 169:
      " [] Apparently they are going to contact the adoption agency and see if they can locate that child. [] "


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