Definition of emerge in English:



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  • 1Move out of or away from something and become visible.

    ‘black ravens emerged from the fog’
    • ‘Lenard wheeled around and saw a uniformed man slowly emerged from the shadow of a cherry tree.’
    • ‘The trio emerge blinking and gasping but unharmed, and the damage to the den is minimal.’
    • ‘A creature emerged at the end of the rope.’
    • ‘She gasped as a hand reached out to her, the figure slowly emerging from the shadows.’
    • ‘They emerge blinking in bewilderment at the unfamiliar daylight and smells of the bush.’
    • ‘When leaves emerge, move the tray back into the light.’
    • ‘The next day we emerged blinking into a shimmering Grenada day.’
    • ‘Once the attack was foiled, the column moved forward and eventually emerged on the plains beyond the badlands.’
    • ‘When new seedlings emerge in spring, Taylor transplants them to other parts of the garden.’
    • ‘Julia stands alone in the middle of the road, unable to move, until Steven emerges from the carriage and slowly leads her back.’
    • ‘Jimmy emerged with a visible cut on his arm, but he was not in pain.’
    • ‘We soon emerged out of the darkness of the towering vegetation and into a clearing.’
    • ‘But the spectacle can cloy and a sadness lingers after the pageant has moved on as householders emerge with shovels and brooms to sweep away all trace of their work.’
    • ‘She saw his shadowy figure emerge at the end of the alley.’
    • ‘Before anyone could move a head emerged from behind the corner with a grin almost as wide as its face.’
    • ‘No birds are perched on the board; however, the head of a single cormorant, its signature white throat clearly visible, just emerges from the waters of the lagoon ahead of the barge.’
    • ‘Another figure emerges at the far end of the living room.’
    • ‘And then the shadows behind the throne moved and a form emerged.’
    • ‘Place the bowl in a cool, dark spot until growth emerges, then move the bowl to a sunny spot.’
    • ‘When Jessica made no move, a man emerged from the darkness.’
    come out, appear, come into view, become visible, make an appearance
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    1. 1.1 (of an insect or other invertebrate) break out from an egg, cocoon, or pupal case.
      ‘the larvae pupate among the roots of trees to emerge as the adults’
      • ‘Release the butterfly where it was captured as soon as it emerges from its chrysalis.’
      • ‘The title may refer to a process, as when a butterfly emerges from the chrysalis.’
      • ‘The new spectacularly rises from the old like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis.’
  • 2Become apparent or prominent.

    ‘United have emerged as the bookies' clear favourite’
    • ‘The move may help Thailand emerge as Asia's number two tourist destination.’
    • ‘In this simulation a noticeable warm pattern emerges in the 1980s and 1990s.’
    • ‘A simple pattern emerged over the next several years.’
    • ‘If general themes do emerge in this year's Biennial, they are subtle rather than revelatory.’
    • ‘The difference only emerges in the context in which it applies within the count in the indictment.’
    • ‘A similar theme emerges in the context of the Seder.’
    • ‘However, a new model of church structure is emerging that may move churches beyond monochromatic ministry.’
    • ‘A profile of those who are on the move emerges from the report that suggests estate agents should be targeting young, single women.’
    • ‘I have a condition that is in some fundamental sense similar to asthma, is it a coincidence that said condition only emerged after I moved into this house?’
    • ‘The warring factions of the £400m Blackwell publishing family have emerged as front-runners.’
    • ‘Overall, the trajectory that emerges from her analysis moves from gender complementarity toward gender imbalance.’
    • ‘Site art first emerged in the late 1960's as a reaction to the growing commercialisation of the art world.’
    • ‘I believe that there could well be a wider conflict in the Middle East emerging from a move into Iraq.’
    • ‘Pricing power is emerging, productivity is moving in the right direction, and wages are holding in check.’
    • ‘He struggles to keep quick receivers in front of him, but he is learning opponents' moves and should emerge as a candidate for the Pro Bowl this year.’
    • ‘He said he was confident that they would put up an impressive show and eventually emerge winners.’
    • ‘The picture emerging yesterday was confused at best.’
    • ‘A strongly centralized settlement system revolving around the capital, Athens, has emerged from these moves.’
    • ‘A similar pattern emerged over the previous decade 1990-2000.’
    • ‘Often both trends emerge at different times in the same game.’
    become known, become apparent, become evident, be revealed, come to light, come out, transpire, come to the fore, enter the picture, unfold, turn out, prove to be the case
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    1. 2.1 (of facts) become known.
      ‘reports of a deadlock emerged during preliminary discussions’
      with clause ‘it emerged that the PM and the Chancellor are still at loggerheads’
      • ‘During the hearing, one critical piece of evidence emerged which could prove very damaging to the government.’
      • ‘Evidence emerged last week that initiatives such as Enterprise Insight may be having a beneficial effect.’
      • ‘As the identities of the missing emerge, we move from a statistical body count to the tragedy of human loss - brothers, mothers, lovers and daughters cruelly blown away as they headed to work.’
      • ‘The crash occurred on Sunday, but the amazing survival stories only emerged yesterday.’
      • ‘Details emerging last week of the Cumbria tragedy bore that conclusion out.’
      • ‘Evidence emerged last night of how much planning went into the roadblocks.’
      • ‘Reports first emerged in the 1980s, but police dropped their investigations and officials destroyed documents.’
      • ‘He went on to say while initially it was his understanding that the monument was to be moved, it subsequently emerged that there were problems in doing this.’
      • ‘Hints that Apple is considering a move into retail emerged back in June 1999.’
      • ‘Details of C & C executives' basic salaries also emerged yesterday.’
      • ‘In another landmark move, it emerged yesterday that Tony Blair is prepared to give MPs the chance to debate the crisis over Iraq, and to register their views in a free vote on the issue.’
      • ‘It has emerged that Loft was moved to a psychiatric hospital three years ago; yet no one informed the Birnie family.’
      • ‘The police plans to counter the protests with bullets and repression were met with outrage as details emerged this week.’
  • 3Recover from or survive a difficult situation.

    ‘the economy has started to emerge from recession’
    • ‘MCI's plans to emerge from bankruptcy hit a big snag, this week.’
    • ‘They emerged triumphant on a score of 2-12 to 0-8.’
    • ‘Despite the complications, the surgeries typically go smoothly and most tarantulas emerge unscathed.’
    • ‘From nearly 50 years of complex warfare the house of Wessex had emerged triumphant.’
    • ‘But hope persists that the UUP risk-taker can emerge relatively unscathed from this election.’
    • ‘The board said the airline is likely to emerge from bankruptcy on its own.’
    • ‘MCI is attempting to regain its financial foothold after emerging from bankruptcy in April.’
    • ‘Persistent American racism means that in US queer discourses, race emerges unscathed.’


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘become known, come to light’): from Latin emergere, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out, forth’ + mergere ‘to dip’.