emer·​gence | \ i-ˈmər-jən(t)s How to pronounce emergence (audio) \

Definition of emergence

1 : the act or an instance of emerging
2 : any of various superficial outgrowths of plant tissue usually formed from both epidermis and immediately underlying tissues
3 : penetration of the soil surface by a newly germinated plant

Examples of emergence in a Sentence

the emergence of the Internet as an important means of communication the economy's emergence from a recession
Recent Examples on the Web Steinback’s emergence in the case is sure to raise eyebrows due to his reputation as a deal-maker whose experience and connections with the U.S. attorney’s office have helped him negotiate drastically reduced prison sentences for clients. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "R. Kelly brings in lawyer who specializes in plea negotiations," 4 Nov. 2019 Rumors continue to swirl about Everett’s emergence as the latest potential home for the New England Revolution. BostonGlobe.com, "Everett, Exelon go to war over power-plant taxes - The Boston Globe," 4 Nov. 2019 Harris has started three games this season, but he’s seen his role and playing time decrease because of Taco Charlton’s emergence as the team’s top pass rusher. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins could be without two starting linemen Sunday against Bills," 16 Oct. 2019 For many hip-hop fans, Biggie’s emergence is a line in the sand; suddenly, more people were paying attention. Stereo Williams, Billboard, "Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready to Die' Forever Changed the Course of Hip-Hop 25 Years Ago," 16 Oct. 2019 Callaway’s emergence was an even bigger development. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tennessee QB Maurer’s task: Keep finding Jennings, Callaway," 8 Oct. 2019 Michael Wiley’s emergence has helped offset injuries at running back. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Arizona Wildcats' first-year players have assumed key roles en route to first place," 8 Oct. 2019 May’s emergence is a part of the Dodgers’ bullpen makeover. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers rookie Dustin May draws praise for first postseason relief appearance," 5 Oct. 2019 Per Kathy Weiser of Legends of America, prostitution’s emergence coincided with the Gold Rush town’s peak during the latter half of the 1870s. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Deadwood Is Getting a Brothel Museum," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of emergence

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of emergence was in 1704

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English Language Learners Definition of emergence

: the act of becoming known or coming into view : the act of emerging


emer·​gence | \ i-ˈmər-jən(t)s How to pronounce emergence (audio) \

Medical Definition of emergence

: a recovering of consciousness (as from anesthesia)

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to engage in dissolute behavior

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