AskDefine | Define emerge

Dictionary Definition



1 come out into view, as from concealment; "Suddenly, the proprietor emerged from his office"
2 come out of; "Water issued from the hole in the wall"; "The words seemed to come out by themselves" [syn: issue, come out, come forth, go forth, egress]
3 become known or apparent; "Some nice results emerged from the study"
4 come up to the surface of or rise; "He felt new emotions emerge"
5 happen or occur as a result of something [syn: come forth]

User Contributed Dictionary



[late 16th century.] Latin emergere derived from e- (a variant of ex-), meaning 'out, forth' and mergere meaning 'to dip'.



  1. To come into view.
  2. To come out of a situation, object or a liquid.
    • The submarine emerged from the ocean.
  3. To become known.


to come into view
to come out of a situation
to become known




Extensive Definition

Emerge may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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