Definition of emerge in English:



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

    ‘black ravens emerged from the fog’
    • ‘She saw his shadowy figure emerge at the end of the alley.’
    • ‘Another figure emerges at the far end of the living room.’
    • ‘When leaves emerge, move the tray back into the light.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She gasped as a hand reached out to her, the figure slowly emerging from the shadows.’
    • ‘Lenard wheeled around and saw a uniformed man slowly emerged from the shadow of a cherry tree.’
    • ‘Place the bowl in a cool, dark spot until growth emerges, then move the bowl to a sunny spot.’
    • ‘Julia stands alone in the middle of the road, unable to move, until Steven emerges from the carriage and slowly leads her back.’
    • ‘When Jessica made no move, a man emerged from the darkness.’
    • ‘Jimmy emerged with a visible cut on his arm, but he was not in pain.’
    • ‘The trio emerge blinking and gasping but unharmed, and the damage to the den is minimal.’
    • ‘And then the shadows behind the throne moved and a form emerged.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Before anyone could move a head emerged from behind the corner with a grin almost as wide as its face.’
    • ‘A creature emerged at the end of the rope.’
    • ‘When new seedlings emerge in spring, Taylor transplants them to other parts of the garden.’
    • ‘The next day we emerged blinking into a shimmering Grenada day.’
    • ‘They emerge blinking in bewilderment at the unfamiliar daylight and smells of the bush.’
    • ‘Once the attack was foiled, the column moved forward and eventually emerged on the plains beyond the badlands.’
    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 new spectacularly rises from the old like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis.’
      • ‘The title may refer to a process, as when a butterfly emerges from the chrysalis.’
  • 2Become apparent or prominent:

    ‘United have emerged as the bookies' clear favourite’
    ‘established and emerging artists’
    • ‘However, a new model of church structure is emerging that may move churches beyond monochromatic ministry.’
    • ‘A strongly centralized settlement system revolving around the capital, Athens, has emerged from these moves.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Overall, the trajectory that emerges from her analysis moves from gender complementarity toward gender imbalance.’
    • ‘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 warring factions of the £400m Blackwell publishing family have emerged as front-runners.’
    • ‘A similar pattern emerged over the previous decade 1990-2000.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Often both trends emerge at different times in the same game.’
    • ‘The picture emerging yesterday was confused at best.’
    • ‘A similar theme emerges in the context of the Seder.’
    • ‘He said he was confident that they would put up an impressive show and eventually emerge winners.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The difference only emerges in the context in which it applies within the count in the indictment.’
    • ‘A profile of those who are on the move emerges from the report that suggests estate agents should be targeting young, single women.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘The crash occurred on Sunday, but the amazing survival stories only emerged yesterday.’
      • ‘During the hearing, one critical piece of evidence emerged which could prove very damaging to the government.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Details emerging last week of the Cumbria tragedy bore that conclusion out.’
      • ‘Details of C & C executives' basic salaries also emerged yesterday.’
      • ‘Hints that Apple is considering a move into retail emerged back in June 1999.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Reports first emerged in the 1980s, but police dropped their investigations and officials destroyed documents.’
      • ‘Evidence emerged last week that initiatives such as Enterprise Insight may be having a beneficial effect.’
      • ‘Evidence emerged last night of how much planning went into the roadblocks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The police plans to counter the protests with bullets and repression were met with outrage as details emerged this week.’
      • ‘It has emerged that Loft was moved to a psychiatric hospital three years ago; yet no one informed the Birnie family.’
  • 3Recover from or survive a difficult situation:

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


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