\ 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web But darker sides of Conant’s life emerge in McGrath’s reporting, which illuminates but does not resolve the book’s central mystery. Jen Rose Smith, Washington Post, 19 May 2022 Rising from his seeming ‘death,’ Joe will re-emerge as his former self — Ninja Kamui — to avenge his family and friends. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 May 2022 Incandescent melodies, or hints thereof, emerge only at the end, hinting at floodplains harmonized into the environment. Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 On the other hand, platforms will emerge that will entertain, embed social elements and push boundaries of what’s possible when merging the physical and digital worlds. Iris Ten Teije, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Overwintered adult bees emerge in early spring to mate and search for new nest sites. Cole Sikes Alabama Cooperative Extension System, al, 16 May 2022 In surveillance footage released by Philadelphia Police, two men wearing masks and dressed mostly in black suddenly emerge from a car and begin firing automatic weapons at Dixon in a gas lane. Fox News, 14 May 2022 Tiny heads would emerge, and mouths would pop open as chicks demanded food. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 May 2022 But others may emerge having thought more deeply than most about alternative ways of ordering their lives, of finding happiness and dignity on their own terms. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 12 May 2022 See More

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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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25 May 2022

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“Emerge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emerge. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for emerge


\ 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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