\ 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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The show emphasized the giddy possibilities of the stage of life that, when Friends premiered, was about to be given its own designation: emerging adulthood. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "On Chandler Bing’s Job," 12 Sep. 2019 One World Bank staffer notes that other European candidates would probably only have been familiar with emerging markets from their holidays. The Economist, "Kristalina Georgieva is the sole contender to be the IMF’s next boss," 12 Sep. 2019 Black aviators, a nude lip, and a plunging neckline punctuated by a duet of chains finished the fall-ready moment, which felt like a hard lean into Cyrus's emerging identity as a pop start with a penchant for rock and roll. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Takes Wet Hair to the Tom Ford Front Row," 10 Sep. 2019 The Pac-12’s best (last?) hope for the Playoff might be the Utes, with a dominant defense and an emerging offense. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "College Football Playoff projection: Clemson, followed by SEC's LSU, Alabama, Georgia," 8 Sep. 2019 Some physically active menstruators, like dancers and athletes, gravitated toward another emerging product: tampons. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "How tampons and pads became so unsustainable," 6 Sep. 2019 Climate change undoubtedly plays a role in emerging new behaviors of ocean dwellers—but there still isn’t enough evidence to isolate it as a leading cause. Annaliese Griffin, Quartzy, "Are great white sharks messing with us?," 1 Sep. 2019 As such, Africa’s retail-banking penetration stands at half the global average for emerging markets at 38% of the gross domestic product, according to management consulting firm McKinsey. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s biggest bank is going after the continent’s informal markets," 28 Aug. 2019 Some experts argue that the voting share of emerging markets such as China and India should be expanded, considering the size of their economies. Washington Post, "What a World Bank Critic Might Do as Its President," 18 Sep. 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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