\ 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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After breaking with her elders in the black Democratic establishment to back a winning government reform measure, Turner has emerged as the region's 'it' politician of the moment -- a mantle that provokes no shortage of speculation. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland.com, "Cleveland’s Nina Turner ‘people raises’ for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders," 5 July 2019 No evidence has emerged that actually happened and the claim is now an entry on the myth-busting site Snopes. oregonlive.com, "No concrete in these milkshakes. Portland protests highlight American classic, so here are some options for non-weaponized treats," 4 July 2019 The satyr has recently emerged from the Getty’s adept conservation labs. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Review: Getty Villa’s ‘Buried by Vesuvius’ is exquisite and, at times, explicit," 3 July 2019 Markle's buds, Serena Williams and Jessica Mulroney, have both emerged as possible candidates. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Baby Archie's Christening: Everything We Know So Far," 3 July 2019 Electronic monitors have emerged as a popular alternative to keeping someone behind bars. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, "Have You Worn an Electronic Monitoring Device or Supervised Someone Wearing One? We Want to Hear About It.," 3 July 2019 The incredible ruins of an ancient palace in Iraqi Kurdistan have emerged from the waters of the Tigris River. Fox News, "Mysterious 3,400-year-old palace discovered as drought reveals ruins," 2 July 2019 But improvements to protect walkers and bikers have emerged more slowly. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Cyclists and pedestrians, beware: Why deaths shot up, even as car safety improves for drivers," 2 July 2019 The 26-year-old has emerged as a star at her debut World Cup and is the only United States defender to have started every game in a rotating back four. SI.com, "Women's World Cup 2019: Picking a Combined England & USA XI Ahead of Crunch Semi Final," 2 July 2019

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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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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