\ 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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Though moments of inter- and intra-family tension emerge, there are no cutthroat scenes, no Gordon Ramsay–esque yells, no uncontrollable meltdowns. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Wholesome Fun of Family Food Fight," 21 June 2019 In more serious cases, Julia Hatmaker writes for Penn Live, bacteria enter the bloodstream, making ulcers, black spots and pus emerge around the infected area. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Warming Waters May Be Driving Flesh-Eating Bacteria to East Coast Beaches," 21 June 2019 Orlean spent six years taking a deep dive into L.A.’s landmark Central Library and emerged optimistic about the state of libraries and their future prospects. Martin Wolk, latimes.com, "Why Susan Orlean sees a bright future for public libraries," 20 June 2019 If no consensus emerges by Friday, another leaders’ summit could be convened before the end of the month. Washington Post, "EU leaders set for major battle over bloc’s top jobs," 20 June 2019 Mateer withdrew from consideration after significant opposition to his nomination emerged. Julie Moreau, NBC News, "Trump pick slammed as 'anti-LGBTQ activist' gets lifetime judicial appointment," 20 June 2019 Dandelions are widely recognized as weeds, however, their peak flowering time in early spring is when many bees and other pollinators emerge and use dandelions as a food source. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "How to identify weeds and invasive species vs. ornamental plants," 20 June 2019 Some have compared him to a young Pascal Siakam, the emerging Toronto star. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers: NBA draft tonight could be a defining moment for rebuild — Terry Pluto," 20 June 2019 Phillips, despite his role at the N.R.A., has mostly evaded scrutiny as details of financial misdeeds at the organization have emerged. Mike Spies, The New Yorker, "The N.R.A.’s Longtime C.F.O. Was Caught Embezzling Before Joining the Organization, Former Colleagues Say," 19 June 2019

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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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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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to take the place or position of

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