1 : to rise from or as if from an enveloping fluid : come out into view
2 : to become revealed : become manifest : become known
3 : to come forth or rise from an inferior, obscure, or unfortunate position or condition into one of superiority, prominence, or success
4 a : to arise by emergent evolution b : to come into being through evolution
"emerge." Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002. http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com (16 Jul. 2010).