\ i-ˈmərj How to pronounce emerge (audio) \
emerged; emerging

Definition of emerge

intransitive verb

1 : to become manifest : become known new problems emerged
2 : to rise from or as if from an enveloping fluid : come out into view a diver emerging from the water
3 : to rise from an obscure or inferior position or condition someone must emerge as a leader
4 : to come into being through evolution

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Examples of emerge in a Sentence

The facts emerged after a lengthy investigation. Several possible candidates have emerged. She has emerged as a leading contender in the field. His war record has emerged as a key issue in the election. when land first emerged from the sea The cat emerged from its hiding place behind the couch. animals emerging from a long period of inactivity
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Recent Examples on the Web The former mayor has emerged as the biggest anti-Trump spender in the Democratic primary, blanketing the airwaves with messaging hitting the president. Rebecca Shabad, NBC News, "Trump blasts 'mini Mike Bloomberg' for ads, refusal to take part in debates," 17 Jan. 2020 Influenza B, the viral strain that usually circulates toward the end of flu season, instead emerged first this year, shifting usual transmission patterns. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "This Year's Flu Season Got Off to a Strange Start. What Does That Mean for the Months Ahead?," 16 Jan. 2020 Tailing dams have emerged as the latest significant environmental risk factor from mining and South Africa has the highest number of the riskiest of these, according to an investigative report by Reuters. Tawanda Karombo, Quartz Africa, "South Africa has the world’s highest number of environmentally dangerous tailing dams," 16 Jan. 2020 The filmmaker has emerged as one of the most sought-after in town with his ability to oscillate tones, scope and budgets. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Taika Waititi Courted for 'Star Wars' Movie (Exclusive)," 16 Jan. 2020 Following the killing of Soleimani and Iran's public vows to take vengeance, U.S. personnel in the region were on edge and asking questions to colleagues about information related to emerging threats. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Four embassies’: The anatomy of Trump’s unfounded claim about Iran," 14 Jan. 2020 By 1919, Jones offered more than 500 routes from New York to California, but Jones was not alone in this emerging market. Larry Printz, Ars Technica, "Turn-by-turntables: How drivers got from point A to point B in the early 1900s," 6 Jan. 2020 Public health and anti-tobacco groups criticized the plan as not going far enough to stem an emerging public health threat. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "FDA bans mint- and fruit-flavored vaping products but exempts menthol and tobacco," 2 Jan. 2020 Lending Tree was among the first big players in this emerging market. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "What a $1,000 Investment in Netflix and 9 Other Top Stocks a Decade Ago Would Be Worth Today," 28 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of emerge

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for emerge

Latin emergere, from e- + mergere to plunge — more at merge

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The first known use of emerge was in 1563

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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Emerge.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emerges. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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How to pronounce emerge (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of emerge

: to become known or apparent
: to become known or regarded as something
: to rise or appear from a hidden or unknown place or condition : to come out into view


\ i-ˈmərj How to pronounce emerge (audio) \
emerged; emerging

Kids Definition of emerge

1 : to come out or into view Once more the boys emerged into the open; but the dangers of the night were not yet over …— J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan
2 : to become known The facts of the case began to emerge.

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