\ 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 And even though the ships were intended only to hold new arrivals, reports began to emerge that Italian authorities were transferring COVID-positive migrants who had been onshore for months to the ships. Ian Urbina, The Atlantic, "Purgatory at Sea," 6 May 2021 The image of a child, seemingly at rest, began to emerge. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Discover Oldest Known Human Grave in Africa," 5 May 2021 As people began to ask for sentence reductions under the First Step Act, however, a problem began to emerge. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "On the Supreme Court docket: Fairness, textualism, and crack cocaine," 3 May 2021 As Ceferin prepared to deliver his keynote address on Tuesday morning in Montreux, reports began to emerge that several teams — Chelsea and Manchester City among them — were considering dropping out. New York Times, "How the Super League Fell Apart," 22 Apr. 2021 Mesopotamia began to emerge in force around 3400 BC, but aboriginal civilization in Australia predates it by tens of thousands of years. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Getty Villa reopens with ancient treasures from the Louvre," 21 Apr. 2021 Modest signs of tension began to emerge as DeSantis settled into the governor's office. Steve Peoples, Star Tribune, "Gaetz and DeSantis: A friendship that may become a liability," 16 Apr. 2021 When reports of the camp system first began to emerge around 2017, China issued staunch denials, or refused to comment altogether. James Griffiths, CNN, "From cover-up to propaganda blitz: China's attempts to control the narrative on Xinjiang," 16 Apr. 2021 Johnson & Johnson was then given control of the Emergent BioSolutions plant on April 4, just days before the reports of blood clots began to emerge. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Johnson & Johnson says two more COVID-19 vaccine recipients experienced blood clotting," 14 Apr. 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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13 May 2021

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“Emerge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emerge. Accessed 17 May. 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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