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 In some sense, the emergence of the ossicle may have increased the odds of our being here. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Now Hear This: New Fossils Reveal Early Ear-Bone Evolution," 5 Dec. 2019 In protest at the emergence of such apps, four older drivers have set themselves on fire. The Economist, "InnovationAsian-tiger governments are steering their economies with a lighter touch," 5 Dec. 2019 The emergence of new industries such as fintech and e-commerce has put the focus on data storage norms and protection. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "“The Indian government’s stand on data localisation is a bit of an overkill”," 5 Dec. 2019 Although some scholars have said the Justinianic plague helped trigger major global events such as Islam's rise and the emergence of modern Europe, a group of scientists believe the outbreak didn't cause enough deaths to have done so. Fox News, "Ancient bubonic plague outbreak might have been exaggerated, study shows," 4 Dec. 2019 AP Photo/Sayyid Abdul Azim) The emergence of fintech startups across Africa working to boost financial inclusion over the past half decade has had some obvious effects. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s fintech boom is creating niche ecosystems to power the industry’s future globally," 4 Dec. 2019 Through this method, India became yaws-free in 2016, though the emergence of antibiotic resistance in the spirochete may complicate efforts. Quanta Magazine, "How to Permanently End Diseases," 3 Dec. 2019 Negative interest rates go mainstream There’s nothing more bizarro in economics than the emergence of negative interest rates. Fortune Staff, Fortune, "2020 Crystal Ball: Predictions for the Economy, Politics, Technology, and More," 2 Dec. 2019 Horvath's emergence is a welcome addition to the Purdue offense. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Told he was a linebacker, Purdue's Zander Horvath proving he's a running back — and more," 30 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of emergence

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Dec 2019

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“Emergence.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emergence. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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