To rise out of a fluid; to come forth from that in which anything has been plunged, enveloped, or concealed; to issue and appear; as, to emerge from the water or the ocean; the sun emerges from behind the moon in an eclipse; to emerge from poverty or obscurity.
- To rise from or as if from immersion: Sea mammals must emerge periodically to breathe.
- To come forth from obscurity: new leaders who may emerge.
- To become evident: The truth emerged at the inquest.
- To come into existence. See Synonyms at appear.