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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The sequel was officially approved for launch with the emergence of Elastigirl as its break-out superhero. USA TODAY, "Inside 'Incredibles 2' major villain problem - and how director Brad Bird fixed it," 13 June 2018 Rozier’s emergence quite truly could not have come at a better time for Boston. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Unleashing Scary Terry: Rozier Emerges as Key Cog for Celtics," 3 May 2018 Unsurprisingly, the resulting cost shift to students and parents has had a lot to do with the emergence of a national student-loan debt crisis. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "State Support for Colleges Declines As Student Diversity Grows," 3 May 2018 The Phillies have lost six of their nine meetings this season with the Braves, who suddenly look like a team on the rise with the emergence of Ozzie Albiez and Ronald Acuna. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Vince Velasquez gets rocked as Phillies fall to Braves," 29 Apr. 2018 Brown's emergence here down the stretch is key for Oregon, though maybe not for their future beyond this season. Tyson Alger, OregonLive.com, "10 thoughts after the Oregon Ducks best week of the Pac-12 season," 12 Feb. 2018 These three moves — imperial expansion, expropriation, and slavery — became central to the forging of a new global economic order and eventually the emergence of capitalism. Howard W. French, Washington Post, "Trump's profane description disregards Africa's crucial role in making America a world power," 14 Jan. 2018 Like the emergence of mosquitoes from stagnant cultural backwaters, pesky politicians annually swarm Atlanta to create new laws intent on sucking our blood or embarrassing us further. George Mathis, AJC.com, "There ought to be a law about new laws," 11 Jan. 2018 Photo: Sergii Kharchenko/Zuma Press Ms. Handzyuk made fighting their re-emergence her goal. James Marson, WSJ, "Justice Remains Elusive in Ukraine, Widening Door to Russian Influence," 28 Dec. 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


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Medical Definition of emergence

: a recovering of consciousness (as from anesthesia)

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