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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Of course, the drafters of the Copyright Act never foresaw the emergence of internet memes, or that online games would repurpose them as a means of digital commerce. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fortnite keeps stealing dances — and no one knows if it’s illegal," 20 Dec. 2018 And offered comfort in the way good mostly survived the emergence of evil. Tom Chiarella, Popular Mechanics, "Stan Lee Taught Me to Love Storytelling," 13 Nov. 2018 With the emergence of this entirely new industry, what will change? Bruce Schoenfeld, WSJ, "English Wine Discovers Its New Sparkle," 5 Dec. 2018 Researchers and physicians then can focus on that region and directly test for the emergence of diseases from both wildlife and humans, allowing for a better chance at prevention and containment. Mallory Locklear, Discover Magazine, "With Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Scientists Are Getting Smarter About Outbreaks," 8 Nov. 2018 Fears about carjacking and crack dens, fanned by the emergence of 24-hour cable news, were prominent in people’s minds. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018 Even with the emergence of screen time and smartphones, kids still enjoy searching through toy catalogs -- which Walmart Inc. and Target Corp. also produce -- to make their wishlists. chicagotribune.com, "Amazon takes a page from Toys 'R' Us with a holiday catalog," 5 July 2018 That has paved the way for the emergence of the CCO role at more companies in the tech, retail, and consumer goods industries notably. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Walmart Adds Chief Customer Officer Role to Further Integrate Stores and E-Commerce," 3 July 2018 Even with the emergence of Jesus Aguilar, Thames is going to play almost every day. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Back From the DL, Mike Soroka is a Top Waiver Wire Addition," 15 June 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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