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
Recent Examples on the Web The United States and Western allies plan to pile additional sanctions on Russia on Wednesday after the emergence of troubling new evidence of war crimes in Ukraine, according to the White House. Aamer Madhani, Josh Boak, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Apr. 2022 Public health experts at the World Health Organization have begun discussing how and when to call an end to the global Covid-19 crisis, exploring what would be an important milestone more than two years after the emergence of the virus. John Lauerman, Bloomberg.com, 11 Mar. 2022 While the total number of cancer diagnoses were similar in both years, there were more late-stage diagnoses in 2020, after the emergence of COVID-19. Korin Miller, Health.com, 23 Feb. 2022 After the surprise emergence of rookie Alperen Sengun, the Rockets' frontcourt had just become too crowded for Theis to obtain meaningful minutes. Matt Young, Chron, 17 Feb. 2022 Rong Xu, a data scientist at Case Western Reserve University, analyzed health records from nearly 80,000 children under age five who developed COVID-19 before and after the emergence of Omicron. Marla Broadfoot, Scientific American, 25 Jan. 2022 The good news is that vaccines are widely available in the U.S. for both flu and Covid-19 and even after the emergence of the omicron variant, are very good at preventing severe disease. Victoria Forster, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 Vaccine inequality, especially in Africa has become an urgent issue from a global health perspective after the emergence of the new omicron variant. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 10 Dec. 2021 After the emergence of the Omicron variant in Africa last week, the United States and the European Union and other nations banned flights from southern Africa. New York Times, 30 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of emergence

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Emergence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emergence. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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