emer·​gent | \ i-ˈmər-jənt How to pronounce emergent (audio) \

Definition of emergent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : arising unexpectedly
b : calling for prompt action : urgent emergent danger
2a : rising out of or as if out of a fluid emergent coastal islands
b : rooted in shallow water and having most of its vegetative growth above water an emergent plant
3 : arising as a natural or logical consequence
4 : newly formed or prominent emergent nations



Definition of emergent (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something emergent
2a : a tree that rises above the surrounding forest
b : an emergent plant

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Examples of emergent in a Sentence

Adjective since it was not seen as an emergent problem, it was continually put off
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Community members are able to paint a pixel on the bathroom wall every fifteen minutes, culminating in a collaborative and emergent art experiment that is open only to members and resides in the internet-native metaverse. Leeor Shimron, Forbes, 7 July 2021 While Harry will be keeping to himself before attending the funeral, the prodigal son returns to another gusher of coverage, where the emergent narrative now appears to be: Will the royal family and Harry patch things up? Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2021 This gives the doctor crucial data points about the patient’s ongoing health, flagging any emergent issues. Adnan Asar, Forbes, 10 June 2021 The city also lacked a war room to triage emergent cases—a gap that soon proved glaring. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 23 June 2021 If UnitedHealthcare determines care provided in the ER was non-emergent, and therefore shouldn't be paid for, doctors can submit an attestation that certifies the emergency nature of the visit, Lempner said. Christopher Snowbeck, Star Tribune, 9 June 2021 The result was Hindustan Antibiotics, the cornerstone of India’s emergent generics industry. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, 1 June 2021 Research shows the emergent video platform can recommend conspiracy theories and other harmful content more often than not. Save this story for later. Wired Opinion, Wired, 11 May 2021 Despite the zeitgeist-grabbing fresh take on these characters, the Krakoa set-up is also fueled by decades of Marvel comics history, and therefore would be difficult to adapt as the first story of emergent mutants in the MCU. Christian Holub, EW.com, 9 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Taylor said a pre-emergent isn’t an option in public lands, but that spot treating stands will help keep it in check. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, 26 Mar. 2020 In the spring, apply the pre-emergents for crabgrass, grassburs and other summer grassy annuals about two weeks prior to the average date of your last killing freeze for your part of the state, with a follow-up treatment 90 days later. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, 6 Sep. 2019 By then the pre-emergent will be gone from the soil. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 15 June 2018 Apply a pre-emergent, like Preen, around the bushes to keep down the weeds until mulch is reapplied in late May. Hot temperatures will require a regular watering program and Kentucky rain is never enough. Janet Miller, The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of emergent


1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for emergent


Middle English, from Latin emergent-, emergens, present participle of emergere

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20 Jul 2021

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“Emergent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emergent. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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emer·​gent | \ i-ˈmər-jənt How to pronounce emergent (audio) \

Medical Definition of emergent

: calling for prompt or urgent action an emergent condition in a hemophiliac

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