1. give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect; "She seems to be sleeping"; "This appears to be a very difficult problem"; "This project looks fishy"; "They appeared like people who had not eaten or slept for a long time"
(synonym) look, appear
2. seem to be true, probable, or apparent; "It seems that he is very gifted"; "It appears that the weather in California is very bad"
3. appear to exist; "There seems no reason to go ahead with the project now"
4. appear to one's own mind or opinion; "I seem to be misunderstood by everyone"; "I can't seem to learn these Chinese characters"