\ 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 The coronavirus outbreak emerged in Wuhan, China in December, and was initially linked to a seafood and live animal market. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Don’t buy a face mask to combat coronavirus; you probably don’t need it," 14 Feb. 2020 Since emerging in late December, the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, has killed more than 1,000 people and infected tens of thousands more across the world. Grace Hauck, USA Today, "From a rumor to 1,000 deaths: How the coronavirus outbreak unfolded for Americans at the epicenter," 12 Feb. 2020 Surely that meant that one of them would eventually emerge to challenge Trump singularly and trounce him. Damon Linker, TheWeek, "Sanders' soft victory," 12 Feb. 2020 Then, just as the final look came down the austere runway, Debbie Harry herself emerged. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Debbie Harry on Basquiat, ’80s Nostalgia, and What Stephen Sprouse Taught Her About Style," 12 Feb. 2020 The coronavirus has sickened more than 40,500 people, mostly in China, and at least 908 people have died since the virus first emerged in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people in the central part of the country late last year. Megan Specia, BostonGlobe.com, "UK declares coronavirus ‘imminent threat’ as Europe scrambles," 10 Feb. 2020 Until the government released details on Friday, details were scattershot, emerging in studies and news reports. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "China’s Doctors, Fighting the Coronavirus, Beg for Masks," 10 Feb. 2020 The new virus emerged in Wuhan, China, in December, triggering a global health emergency. Will Knight, Wired, "How AI Is Tracking the Coronavirus Outbreak," 8 Feb. 2020 This new coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China, in late 2019. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "How Much Should You Actually Worry About This New Coronavirus?," 5 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of emerge was in 1563

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18 Feb 2020

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“Emerge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emerge. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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