\ i-ˈmərj How to pronounce emerge (audio) \
emerged; emerging

Definition of emerge

intransitive verb

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

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Examples of emerge in a Sentence

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
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Recent Examples on the Web Many times, the winner of the division would emerge to embark on deep postseason runs. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Now NFL's laughingstock, NFC East facing perfect storm of challenges in 2020," 9 Oct. 2020 Despite opposition, as advertising ramps up, big brands are likely to emerge, said Timothy Calkins, marketing professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Marijuana ads are here and largely unregulated, as the industry acts to set own guidelines," 7 Oct. 2020 Infrared satellite imagery revealed warming cloud tops near the the storm’s center, a sign its eye was beginning to emerge. Washington Post, "Hurricane Delta erupts to Category 3 strength as it targets Cancun, and Louisiana later this week," 6 Oct. 2020 Another breed of intellectually curious and socially alienated young citizens would emerge on a platform that could be considered Japan’s last megahit of the twentieth century: the Web site 2channel. Matt Alt, The New Yorker, "The Flashing Warning of QAnon," 26 Sep. 2020 But then, strangely, as little as six minutes later, the frogs would poop and the beetles would emerge, very much alive. Hannah Seo, Popular Science, "This scientist thought he’d found the source of all sexual energy," 16 Sep. 2020 Byron would emerge from the wreckage of the final 12 laps to hold off Chase Elliott, who won two weekends ago at Daytona on the road course. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "William Byron wins Coke Zero Sugar 400; Jimmie Johnson misses playoffs," 29 Aug. 2020 His father, Tony, has said Darrion would often emerge from the locker room after games at Bishop Dunne High School in Dallas with his head down, reading a book. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "The 49ers’ singing lineman: Darrion Daniels drawing a chorus of approval," 26 Aug. 2020 When launched in the wake of the attack, the tribunal raised hopes that for the first time in multiple instances of political violence in Lebanon, the truth of what happened would emerge and those responsible would be held to account. Fox News, "Hezbollah militant guilty of 2005 assassination of Lebanon's ex-PM," 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of emerge

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for emerge

Latin emergere, from e- + mergere to plunge — more at merge

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The first known use of emerge was in 1563

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15 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Emerge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emerge. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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


\ i-ˈmərj How to pronounce emerge (audio) \
emerged; emerging

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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