Definition of emergence in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈmərjəns/


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).

Words that rhyme with emergence

convergence, divergence, insurgence, resurgence, submergence

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Syllabification: e·mer·gence

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