- 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 emerged
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He has just emerged from one of the many homes that sit on top of a small hill in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tur.In Jerusalem Home Demolitions, the Biblical Justice of Revenge
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The United States emerged as the true victor of World War I in every sense: militarily, economically and morally.How WWI Produced the Holocaust
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As soon as they had gone out of my hearing I emerged from the brier thicket.Biography of a Slave
From the woods there emerged the shadowy forms of three men.In the Midst of Alarms
Hearing the friendly voices, he emerged uninjured from his retreat.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
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It was nearing sundown when Kingozi emerged from his tent and gave the signal to move.The Leopard Woman
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It was such that Number Thirteen faced as he emerged from the professor's apartment.The Monster Men
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- 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 emerged
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