\ 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 In the weeks and months to come, the largest nationwide protests since the civil rights movement would emerge. Daniel Oyefusi, baltimoresun.com, "Everyone ‘poured their hearts out’: How the Black Lives Matter movement brought Maryland’s men’s basketball team together," 26 Feb. 2021 Among parents, specifically, these split views also emerge, but with comparable numbers, around one-third are looking for schools to be completely opened. Anthony Salvanto, Jennifer De Pinto, CBS News, "Many would get COVID-19 vaccine, but hesitancy remains — CBS News poll," 26 Feb. 2021 Individuals at all levels of the organization may emerge with or develop the skills to be engagement leaders. Nadine Hack, Forbes, "Engagement Leadership: Strategies For A Connected World," 26 Feb. 2021 Permitting the spread of the virus in countries without the means to acquire vaccines could allow more variants to emerge, against which current vaccines could prove to be less effective or not effective at all. CNN, "Without a global vaccine plan, coronavirus variants could lead to untold number of deaths," 26 Feb. 2021 USA Gymnastics could emerge from bankruptcy without a settlement with survivors, allowing proceedings in the lawsuits to resume. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "USA Gymnastics hoping to settle with survivors, emerge from bankruptcy by this summer," 26 Feb. 2021 Yet there follows no Sorkin-style polemic; rather, the show’s sympathies emerge through a sheer richness of detail. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Alena Smith’s Subversive “Dickinson”," 25 Feb. 2021 Did the various races emerge independently of one another? Dan Falk, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Darwin’s ‘Descent of Man’ Holds Up 150 Years After Publication," 25 Feb. 2021 With a large database of samples and clinical details, scientists can see patterns emerge in how the immune system responds in someone with no symptoms compared with someone struggling to clear the virus. Veronique Greenwood New York Times, Star Tribune, "Scientists are trying to spot new viruses before they cause pandemics," 18 Feb. 2021

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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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2 Mar 2021

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“Emerge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emerge. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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