emer·​gence | \i-ˈmər-jən(t)s \

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

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In Detroit, which has the highest per-capita pedestrian death rate among large cities, deaths dropped in 2016, after the city, as part of its emergence from bankruptcy, added more than 60,000 new streetlights. Detroit Free Press, "Death on foot," 28 June 2018 However, these factors do not explain why this alignment did not appear until 2015, or why nobody had predicted its emergence. Benedict Robin, Washington Post, "Why everyone failed to predict the leftist-Islamist alliance that won Iraq’s 2018 elections," 7 June 2018 And figures like Grace Hopper were formative in abstracting software from hardware — fomenting its emergence as a field in its own right. Stephen Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "New tech books: ‘Conspiracy,’ ‘Broad Band,’ ‘The Truth Machine’," 1 June 2018 In Moscow, an opposition group said late Wednesday that three people had been detained by riot police at a meeting to commemorate Mr. Babchenko that wasn’t canceled despite his re-emergence. James Marson, WSJ, "‘Murdered’ Russian Journalist Arkady Babchenko Is Alive, Explains Sting Operation to Lure Assassins," 30 May 2018 Aiding the sophomore set’s success was the emergence of Pro Tools technology, which Garbage was one of the first major bands to really take advantage of. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "Shirley Manson Looks Back On 20 Years of Garbage's 'Sci-Fi Pop' Odyssey, 'Version 2.0'," 29 May 2018 Visiting Iceland One cool thing about this new low-fare trend on flights to Europe is the emergence of Reykjavik as a stopover destination. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "You can fly DFW to Europe for $99, but don't let these low-fare rules ruin the trip | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 May 2018 One silver lining last year was the emergence of Killoren. Hunter Tickel, chicagotribune.com, "After disappointing 2017 season, Deerfield girls soccer enjoying bounce-back year," 28 Apr. 2018 Another revealing sign of the electoral impotence of Ryanism is the emergence of Donald Trump. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Paul Ryan paved the way for Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of emergence

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Medical Definition of emergence 

: a recovering of consciousness (as from anesthesia)

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