- 1Move out of or away from something and come into view: black ravens emerged from the fogMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- Julia stands alone in the middle of the road, unable to move, until Steven emerges from the carriage and slowly leads her back.
- 1.1Become apparent, important, or prominent: Philadelphia has emerged as the clear favorite (as adjective emerging) a world of emerging economic giantsMore example sentences
- The picture emerging yesterday was confused at best.
- He said he was confident that they would put up an impressive show and eventually emerge winners.
- The difference only emerges in the context in which it applies within the count in the indictment.
- 1.2(Of facts or circumstances) become known: reports of a deadlock emerged during preliminary discussions [with clause]: during the trial it emerged that she had been suffering from a rare personality disorderMore example sentences
- 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.
- Details of C & C executives' basic salaries also emerged yesterday.
- 1.3Recover from or survive a difficult or demanding situation: the economy has started to emerge from recessionMore example sentences
- But hope persists that the UUP risk-taker can emerge relatively unscathed from this election.
- Despite the complications, the surgeries typically go smoothly and most tarantulas emerge unscathed.
- From nearly 50 years of complex warfare the house of Wessex had emerged triumphant.
- 1.4(Of an insect or other invertebrate) break out from an egg, cocoon, or pupal case.More example sentences
- The new spectacularly rises from the old like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis.
- Release the butterfly where it was captured as soon as it emerges from its chrysalis.
- The title may refer to a process, as when a butterfly emerges from the chrysalis.
late 16th century (in the sense 'become known, come to light'): from Latin emergere, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out, forth' + mergere 'to dip'.