emergent

adjective
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

emergent

noun

Definition of emergent (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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 Investments today in emergent technologies such as clean hydrogen could put the U.S. at the forefront of future industry. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Aug. 2022 Most natural herbicides are post-emergent herbicides. Renee Freemon Mulvihill, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 July 2022 The initial emergent nature of her mother’s condition subsides, but the need for care does not. Anna Altman, The New Republic, 26 July 2022 The power, the magic of human intelligence is not in the particular mechanics, but rather in the incredible emergent capabilities that somehow result. Rob Toews, Forbes, 24 July 2022 Highway traffic represents just such an emergent phenomenon. Shideh Bina, Fortune, 21 July 2022 Some unknown territories are emergent: human consciousness or why trillions of bacteria floating on the ocean suddenly glow in unison across more than 100 square miles. The Editors, Scientific American, 20 July 2022 The risk of reinfections has increased because newly emergent subvariants are better able to evade the front line defense of the immune system, and there is essentially no effort at the community level to limit transmission. Joel Achenbach, BostonGlobe.com, 10 July 2022 The risk of reinfections has increased because newly emergent subvariants are better able to evade the front line defense of the immune system, and there is essentially no effort at the community level to limit transmission. Joel Achenbach, Anchorage Daily News, 10 July 2022 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 See More

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First Known Use of emergent

Adjective

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for emergent

Adjective

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

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“Emergent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emergent. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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emergent

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

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

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