\ 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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Tens of billions of dollars in venture-capital money have flowed into internet startups in emerging markets, excluding China. The Economist, "The second half of humanity is joining the internet," 8 June 2019 Of the seeds that have been laid, only 32% have emerged, a 59% decline compared with the past five years. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "Because of historic rains, less than half the normal amount of corn has been planted in Illinois. The next weeks are make or break for farmers.," 7 June 2019 The pushback marked the first significant instance in which virtually the entire crowded 2020 field united to critique Biden, who has emerged as an early Democratic front-runner . Will Weissert, Time, "Democrat Rivals Rebuke Joe Biden for Supporting Federal Funding Ban for Abortion," 7 June 2019 Under the radar, peer-to-peer car-sharing services have emerged as alternatives to traditional car rentals and even to ride-share apps such as Uber and Lyft. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "'Airbnb for cars’ is here, and renting will never be the same," 7 June 2019 If Black Mirror had delved into these questions more fully, a sharper, more relevant satire could have emerged. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Black Mirror’s Miley Cyrus Episode Isn’t That Far-Fetched," 6 June 2019 With a 2-1 lead in this best-of-seven championship round, Toronto has emerged as the only known in a series of unknowns. Jerry Brewer, courant.com, "The Warriors, accustomed to dominance, are now battling uncertainty," 6 June 2019 Wiley, 31, a stay-at-home mom and licensed professional counselor from Preston Hollow, has emerged as a national leader in a movement to update state penal codes to reflect changes in human reproductive technology. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Dallas woman's push to make fertility fraud a crime results in new law on the books in Texas," 5 June 2019 With a searing alto tone that can flare from blue flame glow to bright orange grit within a phrase, Fuller has emerged as a formidable bandleader over the past decade, with four impressive albums on Mack Avenue Records. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "Beyonce sax player Tia Fuller lands in SF Bay Area for 3 shows," 5 June 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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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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