- to come forth into view or notice, as from concealment or obscurity: a ghost emerging from the grave; a ship emerging from the fog.
- to rise or come forth from or as if from water or other liquid.
- to come up or arise, as a question or difficulty.
- to come into existence; develop.
- to rise, as from an inferior or unfortunate state or condition.
Origin of emerge
1630–40; < Latin ēmergere to arise out of, equivalent to ē- e-1 + mergere to dive, sink
1. Emerge, emanate, issue mean to come forth. Emerge is used of coming forth from a place shut off from view, or from concealment, or the like, into sight and notice: The sun emerges from behind the clouds. Emanate is used of intangible things, as light or ideas, spreading from a source: Rumors often emanate from irresponsible persons. Issue is often used of a number of persons, a mass of matter, or a volume of smoke, sound, or the like, coming forth through any outlet or outlets: The crowd issued from the building.
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Examples from the Web for re-emerge
Even that invisible "smart set" might re-emerge from Paris or the country.Diplomatic Days
He disappeared into the big house, to re-emerge with, of all things, the coffee percolator!Tramping on Life
Reed stood uncertain until he saw the rivermen beginning to re-emerge from the brush, then followed the officer at top speed.The Riverman
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The old tensions are bound to re-emerge, this time in the employ of business interests.After the Rain
He turned from them, and ran shouting into the gatehouse, to re-emerge a moment later with half-dozen soldiers at his heels.Love-at-Arms
- to emerge or appear again; resurfaceto re-emerge as a threat
- to come up to the surface of or rise from water or other liquid
- to come into view, as from concealment or obscurityhe emerged from the cave
- (foll by from) to come out (of) or live (through a difficult experience)he emerged from his ordeal with dignity
- to become apparentseveral interesting things emerged from the report
C17: from Latin ēmergere to rise up from, from mergere to dip
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Word Origin and History for re-emerge
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