emerged; emerging

intransitive verb

: to become manifest : become known
new problems emerged
: to rise from or as if from an enveloping fluid : come out into view
a diver emerging from the water
: to rise from an obscure or inferior position or condition
someone must emerge as a leader
: to come into being through evolution

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 See More
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Word History


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

First Known Use

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of emerge was in 1563

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“Emerge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emerge. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


emerged; emerging
: to become known or apparent
the facts emerged
: to rise from or as if from a fluid : come out into view

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