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verb (used without object), e·merged, e·merg·ing.
  1. to come forth into view or notice, as from concealment or obscurity: a ghost emerging from the grave; a ship emerging from the fog.
  2. to rise or come forth from or as if from water or other liquid.
  3. to come up or arise, as a question or difficulty.
  4. to come into existence; develop.
  5. 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
Related formsre·e·merge, verb (used without object), re·e·merged, re·e·merg·ing.un·e·merged, adjective
Can be confusedemerge immerge

Synonym study

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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Historical Examples of emerged

  • As soon as they had gone out of my hearing I emerged from the brier thicket.

    Biography of a Slave

    Charles Thompson

  • From the woods there emerged the shadowy forms of three men.

  • Hearing the friendly voices, he emerged uninjured from his retreat.

  • It was nearing sundown when Kingozi emerged from his tent and gave the signal to move.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • It was such that Number Thirteen faced as he emerged from the professor's apartment.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

British Dictionary definitions for emerged


verb (intr often foll by from)
  1. to come up to the surface of or rise from water or other liquid
  2. to come into view, as from concealment or obscurityhe emerged from the cave
  3. (foll by from) to come out (of) or live (through a difficult experience)he emerged from his ordeal with dignity
  4. to become apparentseveral interesting things emerged from the report
Derived Formsemerging, adjective

Word Origin for emerge

C17: from Latin ēmergere to rise up from, from mergere to dip
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Word Origin and History for emerged



1560s, from Middle French émerger, from Latin emergere "rise out or up, bring forth, bring to light," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + mergere "to dip, sink" (see merge). The notion is of rising from a liquid by virtue of buoyancy. Related: Emerged; emerging.

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