Meaning of “emerge” in the English Dictionary

"emerge" in British English

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emergeverb [ I ]

uk /ɪˈmɜːdʒ/ us /ɪˈmɝːdʒ/

emerge verb [ I ] (APPEAR)

B2 to appear by coming out of something or out from behind something:

She emerged from the sea, blue with cold.

to come to the end of a difficult period or experience:

The Prince emerged unscathed from the scandal.

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  • The winged adult mosquitoes emerge from the pupae.
  • A figure emerged from the gloom of the corridor.
  • She emerged triumphant from the court after all the charges against her were dropped because of a lack of evidence.
  • Cabinet members were tight-lipped and unsmiling as they emerged from Downing Street.
  • She emerged from the bedroom, a vision in cream silk.

emerge verb [ I ] (BECOME KNOWN)

C1 to become known, especially as a result of examining something or asking questions about it:

The facts behind the scandal are sure to emerge eventually.
[ + that ] It has emerged that secret talks had been going on between the two companies before the takeover was announced.
She's the most exciting British singer to emerge on the pop scene for a decade.

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  • The basic facts of the story are starting to emerge though the details are still fuzzy.
  • Fresh evidence has emerged that casts doubts on the men's conviction.
  • A pattern is beginning to emerge from our analysis of the accident data.
  • Later in the day a few details started to emerge.
  • It emerged that she had lied to her employers.

(Definition of “emerge” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"emerge" in American English

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emergeverb [ I ]

us /ɪˈmɜrdʒ/

emerge verb [ I ] (APPEAR)

to appear by coming out of something or out from behind something:

The runway lights flashed on, and the first models emerged from behind the stage set.
fig. The president emerged unscathed from the scandal (= He came out of it with no damage to his reputation).
fig. We debated which of the candidate will emerge (= result) as the winner.

emerge verb [ I ] (DEVELOP)

to become known or develop as a result of something:

New business opportunities will emerge with advances in technology.

(Definition of “emerge” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"emerge" in Business English

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emergeverb [ I ]

uk /ɪˈmɜːdʒ/ us

to begin to exist or have power or influence:

The new Executive Director will be responsible for ensuring that the state emerges as a leader in the field of next-generation energy.

to appear or become known:

Yesterday it emerged that he was to come under investigation for insider dealing.
No definitive results have yet emerged from the discussions.

to come to the end of a difficult period or experience:

The stock was trading for under $20 when the company emerged from bankruptcy.
noun [ U ]

During his 10-year tenure at Disney, he oversaw the company's emergence as a major producer of TV programming.

(Definition of “emerge” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)