verb (used without object), e·merged, e·merg·ing.

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
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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Examples from the Web for re-emerge

Contemporary Examples of re-emerge

Historical Examples of re-emerge

  • Even that invisible "smart set" might re-emerge from Paris or the country.

    Diplomatic Days

    Edith O'Shaughnessy

  • He disappeared into the big house, to re-emerge with, of all things, the coffee percolator!

  • Reed stood uncertain until he saw the rivermen beginning to re-emerge from the brush, then followed the officer at top speed.

    The Riverman

    Stewart Edward White

  • The old tensions are bound to re-emerge, this time in the employ of business interests.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • He turned from them, and ran shouting into the gatehouse, to re-emerge a moment later with half-dozen soldiers at his heels.


    Raphael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for re-emerge


verb (intr: often foll by from)

to emerge or appear again; resurfaceto re-emerge as a threat


verb (intr often foll by from)

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
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 re-emerge



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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