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

  1. to come forth into view or notice, as from concealment or obscurity: a ghost emerging from the grave; a ship emerging from the fog.
  2. to rise or come forth from or as if from water or other liquid.
  3. to come up or arise, as a question or difficulty.
  4. to come into existence; develop.
  5. to rise, as from an inferior or unfortunate state or condition.

verb (intr: often foll by from)

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

verb (intr often foll by from)

  1. to come up to the surface of or rise from water or other liquid
  2. to come into view, as from concealment or obscurityhe emerged from the cave
  3. (foll by from) to come out (of) or live (through a difficult experience)he emerged from his ordeal with dignity
  4. to become apparentseveral interesting things emerged from the report

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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