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

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Harry Giles, Kings Giles' re-emergence as a functional, healthy basketball player is one of the feel-good stories of Summer League. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "The Summer League Leap: Second-Year Players Making an Impact in Las Vegas," 9 July 2018 That second date, of course, refers to the tavern’s re-emergence after a major fire. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Mt. Washington Tavern maintains its appeal with vibrant food, lively spaces," 14 June 2018 What's more, LeBron voters might argue, the difference in Houston's win total this year can be explained by the emergence of Clint Capela as a dependable fulcrum on offense and defense and the arrival of Chris Paul as an elite sidekick. The Crossover Staff, SI.com, "The Crossover's 2018 NBA Awards: A Rookie of the Year Battle for the Ages," 11 Apr. 2018 Now those gatekeepers have been significantly weakened by the emergence of the internet and social media. Mickey Edwards, latimes.com, "Yascha Mounk's 'The People vs. Democracy' describes an America on the brink," 22 Mar. 2018 This might result in the emergence of female superhero movies. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "2018 belonged to Black Panther. And it could change Marvel’s future.," 11 Dec. 2018 The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Lucasfilm releases an image, title, and more for its live-action Star Wars series," 5 Oct. 2018 From its wintering grounds in Africa, the bird flies thousands of miles north to Europe to lay eggs in time for the emergence of winter moth caterpillars, which appear for a few weeks each spring to munch on young oak leaves. Author: Livia Albeck Ripka, Brad Plumer, Anchorage Daily News, "5 plants and animals utterly confused by climate change," 10 Apr. 2018 This despite the emergence of All-Star center Aleksander Barkov and the steadiness of veteran goaltender Roberto Luongo late after returning from injury. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "How the Miami Heat can clear up its playoff picture in its final two games | Miami Herald," 9 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 How to pronounce emergence (audio) \

Medical Definition of emergence

: a recovering of consciousness (as from anesthesia)

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