Definition of emergence in US English:



  • 1The process of coming into view or becoming exposed after being concealed.

    ‘I misjudged the timing of my emergence’
    • ‘I do not however see how the late emergence of the evidence matters.’
    • ‘Seeds were scored daily for radicle emergence through the testa or PE envelope.’
    disclosure, becoming known, coming to light, exposure, unfolding, publication, publicizing, publishing, broadcasting
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    1. 1.1 The escape of an insect or other invertebrate from an egg, cocoon, or pupal case.
      ‘the parasite's eggs hatch synchronously with the emergence of the wasp larvae’
    2. 1.2Botany An outgrowth from a stem or leaf composed of epidermal and subepidermal tissue, as the prickles on a thistle plant.
  • 2The process of coming into being, or of becoming important or prominent.

    ‘the emergence of the environmental movement’
    ‘Japan's emergence as a modern state’
    • ‘To examine germination in various mutant strains, conidial swelling and germ tube emergence were observed under the microscope.’
    • ‘Under aerobic conditions, the radicle emerged first from the seeds, but root and shoot emergence occurred nearly simultaneously.’
    • ‘The modern period has witnessed the emergence of many new forms of poetry and popular fiction.’
    • ‘This change suggests the emergence, in salt-treated plants, of a new linkage between stem height and size of the last-expanded leaves.’
    • ‘Already, we are witnessing the emergence of this shift in Afghanistan and Iraq.’
    • ‘Military education and its associated teaching awaited the emergence of states and their standing armies.’
    • ‘But his followers found solace in the rapid emergence of a cult.’
    • ‘He also said people need to study issues related to the disorientation of society stemming from the emergence of the information age.’
    • ‘Over the past few seasons, the seeds of the Big 12's emergence have been planted.’
    • ‘Certain opportunities provided growing Muslim grievance an outlet and enabled the emergence of the Filipino Muslim insurgency movement.’
    • ‘And this was before the emergence of gay marriage, partial-birth abortions, or stem cell research as subjects of controversy.’
    • ‘Appropriate use of antibiotics will delay and in many cases prevent the emergence of resistance.’
    • ‘Hand in hand with European expansion went the gradual emergence of industrial capitalism.’
    • ‘The 1960s also saw the emergence of liberation movements in the Portuguese African colonies of Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau.’
    • ‘The late twentieth century saw the emergence of another class, a small group of businesspeople.’
    • ‘The second factor behind the creation of a new concept of school was the emergence of the nation-state.’
    • ‘However, it does mark the emergence of a new form which is in direct competition with mainstream media.’
    • ‘At the same time the freshly granted freedoms of publication and association did facilitate the gradual emergence of radical movements.’
    • ‘There are no castes and only recent evidence of the slow emergence of classes.’
    • ‘The 1980s witnessed the emergence of suburban housing developments and shopping complexes.’
    appearance, arrival, coming
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Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘unforeseen occurrence’): from medieval Latin emergentia, from Latin emergere ‘bring to light’ (see emerge).