Simple Definition of emerge
: to become known or apparent
: to become known or regarded as something
: to rise or appear from a hidden or unknown place or condition : to come out into view
Full Definition of emerge
1 : to become manifest : become known <new problems emerged>
2 : to rise from or as if from an enveloping fluid : come out into view <a diver emerging from the water>
3 : to rise from an obscure or inferior position or condition <someone must emerge as a leader>
4 : to come into being through evolution
Examples of emerge
The facts emerged after a lengthy investigation.
Several possible candidates have emerged.
She has emerged as a leading contender in the field.
His war record has emerged as a key issue in the election.
when land first emerged from the sea
The cat emerged from its hiding place behind the couch.
animals emerging from a long period of inactivity
Origin of emerge
Latin emergere, from e- + mergere to plunge — more at merge
First Known Use: 1563
EMERGE Defined for Kids
Definition of emerge
1 : to come out or into view <Once more the boys emerged into the open; but the dangers of the night were not yet over … — J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan>
2 : to become known <The facts of the case began to emerge.>
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