- 1Move out of or away from something and become visible: 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.
- 1.1(Of an insect or other invertebrate) break out from an egg, cocoon, or pupal case: the larvae pupate among the roots of trees to emerge as the adultsMore 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.
- 2Become apparent or prominent: United have emerged as the bookies' clear favourite (as adjective emerging) established and emerging artistsMore 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.
- 2.1(Of facts) become known: reports of a deadlock emerged during preliminary discussions [with clause]: it emerged that the PM and the Chancellor are still at loggerheadsMore 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.
- 3Recover from or survive a difficult 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.
late 16th century (in the sense 'become known, come to light'): from Latin emergere, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out, forth' + mergere 'to dip'.