\i-ˈmərj \
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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Burnham, a 27-year-old stand-up comedian who first emerged as a YouTube star in the early days of the website, is running headlong at those topics here with his debut film, and the results are resonant. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Eighth Grade Is a Mesmerizing, Heartfelt Portrait of Teenhood," 12 July 2018 McEnroe and Connors spent only one year at their respective schools, and both emerged as NCAA singles title holders. Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "While not always popular among fans, John Isner has aced his way to Wimbledon semis," 12 July 2018 No federal approvals or congressional action is required, so the solar issue has not emerged as an issue so far among the candidates in the Eighth District race. Kirk Johnson, New York Times, "Solar Plan Collides With Farm Tradition in Pacific Northwest," 11 July 2018 In the world of digital content players, these brands have withstood a tough marketplace and emerged as longstanding, recognized sources of news, information and entertainment in their verticals. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Univision wants to sell The Onion and Gizmodo Media Group websites," 10 July 2018 But this term also provided a ray of light amidst the darkness: Justice Sonia Sotomayor emerged as a uniquely effective member of the Court. David Fontana, Vox, "Justice Sotomayor is poised to lead the minority wing of the Supreme Court," 6 July 2018 More: Dilson Herrera promoted to Cincinnati Reds roster, adding solid bat to the Reds' bench A 23-year-old rookie, Mahle emerged as the Reds’ most consistent starter. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Tyler Mahle pitches well again, Raisel Iglesias holds off Cubs in Cincinnati Reds win," 6 July 2018 The drug, ticagrelor, marketed under the name Brilinta, sold rapidly, emerging as a billion-dollar blockbuster. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns," 5 July 2018 Much of the recent growth has occurred along the U.S. Gulf Coast, which has emerged as the locus of global petrochemical production thanks to a steady supply of low-cost natural gas feedstocks from West Texas and elsewhere. Katherine Blunt, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. fossil fuel consumption reaches lowest share in a century," 3 July 2018

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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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Phrases Related to emerge

emerge the victor

emerge victorious

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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 \
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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