from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To move out or away from a surrounding fluid, covering, or shelter.
  • intransitive verb To come into view: synonym: appear.
  • intransitive verb To become conscious.
  • intransitive verb To become known or prominent after being in obscurity.
  • intransitive verb To come into existence.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To rise from or out of anything that surrounds, covers, or conceals; come forth; appear, as from concealment; come into view, as into a higher position or state: as, to emerge from the water or from the ocean; the sun emerges from behind a cloud, or from an eclipse; to emerge from poverty, obscurity, or misfortune.
  • To issue; proceed.
  • To come into existence; pass from being in cause to being in act.
  • To immerge; sink.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To rise out of a fluid; to come forth from that in which anything has been plunged, enveloped, or concealed; to issue and appear

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To come into view.
  • verb intransitive, copulative To come out of a situation, object or a liquid.
  • verb intransitive To become known.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb happen or occur as a result of something
  • verb become known or apparent
  • verb come out into view, as from concealment
  • verb come out of
  • verb come up to the surface of or rise


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin ēmergere : ē-, ex-, ex- + mergere, to immerse.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

[Late 16th Century] From Middle French emerger, from Latin emergere ("to rise up or out"), from e-, a variant of ex- ("out, forth"), + mergere ("to dip, to sink")


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