- 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 reemerge
The townspeople climb a nearby tree periodically for three years to confirm that she has yet to reemerge from her house.This Week’s Hot Reads: ‘The Bridge of Beyond,’ ‘The Virgins,’ ‘Holy Orders’
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The second he starts talking about his childhood, that story will reemerge with a vengeance.Michael Tomasky on the Problems With Mitt Romney’s Biography
June 17, 2012
If Santorum does well on Tuesday, he could reemerge as the conservative alternative to Romney, with considerably less baggage.Danger Signs for Mitt Romney as Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri Ready Vote
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Now that has sort of relaxed a bit and it's a perfect time for me to reemerge and for new ideas to emerge.The Queen of Queens
March 16, 2009
- 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 reemerge
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