Definition of emergence in English:


Syllabification: e·mer·gence
Pronunciation: /iˈmərjəns


  • 1The process of coming into view or becoming exposed after being concealed: I misjudged the timing of my emergence
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    • Seeds were scored daily for radicle emergence through the testa or PE envelope.
    • I do not however see how the late emergence of the evidence matters.
  • 1.1The escape of an insect or other invertebrate from an egg, cocoon, pupal case, etc.: the parasite’s eggs hatch synchronously with the emergence of the wasp larvae
  • 1.2 Botany 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
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    • At the same time the freshly granted freedoms of publication and association did facilitate the gradual emergence of radical movements.
    • 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.


mid 17th century (in the sense 'unforeseen occurrence'): from medieval Latin emergentia, from Latin emergere 'bring to light' (see emerge).

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