from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To rise from or as if from immersion: Sea mammals must emerge periodically to breathe.
- intransitive v. To come forth from obscurity: new leaders who may emerge.
- intransitive v. To become evident: The truth emerged at the inquest.
- intransitive v. To come into existence. See Synonyms at appear.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To come into view.
- v. To come out of a situation, object or a liquid.
- v. To become known.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. happen or occur as a result of something
- v. become known or apparent
- v. come out into view, as from concealment
- v. come out of
- v. come up to the surface of or rise
Latin ēmergere : ē-, ex-, ex- + mergere, to immerse.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
[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") (Wiktionary)