emerge

verb \ i-ˈmərj \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of emerge

emerged; emerging
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

  1. The facts emerged after a lengthy investigation.

  2. Several possible candidates have emerged.

  3. She has emerged as a leading contender in the field.

  4. His war record has emerged as a key issue in the election.

  5. when land first emerged from the sea

  6. The cat emerged from its hiding place behind the couch.

  7. animals emerging from a long period of inactivity

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Origin and Etymology of emerge

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



EMERGE Defined for English Language Learners

emerge

verb

Definition of emerge for English Language Learners

  • : 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


EMERGE Defined for Kids

emerge

verb \ i-ˈmərj \

Definition of emerge for Students

emerged; emerging
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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