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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That included a 33-game winning streak and the emergence of a young core that figures to be back in Oklahoma City again. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al.com, "The legacy of Alabama’s 2019 softball team that ‘reenergized’ coach," 3 June 2019 Using evidence gathered from each of their fields, the experts began piecing together a vast universal puzzle, revealing new theories on the emergence of complex molecules such as RNA (ribonucleic acid). Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Life on Earth May Have Been Born From a Maelstrom of Molten Iron," 15 Jan. 2019 The emergence of this training video drew harsh criticism from Sens. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Amazon warehouse workers push to unionize in NYC," 12 Dec. 2018 Forsberg, who joined the club from Swedish side Malmo in 2015, has been a key figure in Leipzig's recent emergence. SI.com, "Swedish Report Claims Atletico Madrid & Juventus Will Battle Arsenal for RB Leipzig Star," 25 May 2018 Jesse Squire covers lots of ground with his recap of the weekend for Citius Mag, including the rise of the Drake Relays, the emergence of the National Relays, and the decline of the Penn Relays. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Pre Classic's Tom Jordan, world champ Francine Niyonsaba among TrackTown Tuesday guests," 1 May 2018 With Kevin Love back and Kyle Korver's emergence, Hill is going to be open more and he's got to shoot it. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "How can the Cavaliers get more out of George Hill?: 'Hey, Joe!'," 22 Mar. 2018 That’s all set to change in May. The years since the last election in 2014 have seen the emergence across Europe of parties united only by their skepticism of more Europe. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Saving Europe by Destroying It From Within," 14 Feb. 2019 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

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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