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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Partey’s rapid emergence in La Liga has seen the midfielder’s profile raised on the international stage, and at 25 he has been handed the captaincy for the Ghana national team. SI.com, "Ghana International Admits Interest in Premier League Move Following Impressive Season in La Liga," 11 July 2018 The new finding pushes back the emergence of giant body size. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "The Most Massive of Dinos Evolved Earlier Than Previously Thought," 9 July 2018 Here's a fun catch — Ben Affleck called the emergence of streaming subscription services back in 2003. Jason Abbruzzese, NBC News, "Ben Affleck — yes that Ben Affleck — appears to have predicted Spotify and Netflix back in 2003," 8 July 2018 Why slow the positive momentum of the rebuild that has featured the emergence of Lauri Markkanen as a potential franchise cornerstone and the addition of two potentially solid first-round draft picks by not matching? K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls must match Zach LaVine's 4-year, $78M offer sheet from Kings to keep rebuild's momentum," 6 July 2018 While Labissière, however, managed to relocate to the U.S. to pursue a basketball career, others haven't been as fortunate, which federation officials say is another constraint to basketball's emergence. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Haiti hoped this competition would be its basketball comeback. Then came bad news," 5 July 2018 On the subject of goalkeepers, what are your thoughts on the emergence of Matt Turner as the Revolution starter? BostonGlobe.com, "Seven questions with Revolution coach Brad Friedel," 2 July 2018 Last autumn government employees across the country were ordered to watch a six-part television series about China’s emergence as a world power. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018 In a January interview with GQ, ASAP Ferg talked about hip-hop’s emergence as pop’s lingua franca and the genre’s musical plateau. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "ASAP Ferg shows he’s the real boss in ASAP Mob," 5 July 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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