- 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 emerge
With Big Eyes a lot of people, myself included, were glad to see you emerge from the rabbit hole that is the CG world.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel
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A cynical old Chicago lawyer once described this as the theory that “out of the clash of lies, truth will emerge.”Ferguson’s Grand Jury Bought Darren Wilson’s Story
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It took decades for comics to recover and emerge as an adult art form.The Insane Swedish Plan to Rate Games for Sexism
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Every night, they emerge from their roosts, taking to the skies on silent wings.Bats’ Link to Ebola Finally Solved
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There was just a chance that the beautiful songstress might emerge.The Room in the Dragon Volant
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Of course, nothing of the old Davenport's was to emerge with the new man.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
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At the end of the fourth year, they emerge from the earth, and may be seen in great numbers in the mild evenings of May.
Had we better let them emerge from the door and then get them?The Solar Magnet
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When we emerge from these dark periods we find ourselves to have advanced.The Romance of the Soul
- 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 emerge
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