To emerge means to come out into view or come forth. You might hope to emerge from an epic perming session looking like a beauty queen, but chances are it will just look like you got electrocuted.

From the Latin emergere, meaning to “rise out or up, bring forth, bring to light,” emerge is an intransitive verb that might bring to mind the image of a whale rising up from the depths of the sea, or of a person popping out from a dark corner to spook you. Appear and peep are synonyms, while dip and sink are antonyms.

Definitions of emerge
  1. verb
    come out into view, as from concealment
    “Suddenly, the proprietor emerged from his office”
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    emerge suddenly
    fall out of the pod or husk
    type of:
    come into sight or view
  2. verb
    come out of
    synonyms: come forth, come out, egress, go forth, issue
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    pop out
    come out suddenly or forcefully
    issue or emerge in rays or waves
    enter or escape as through a hole or crack or fissure
    issue or leak, as from a small opening
    come out; issue
    pass out or emerge; especially of rivers
    come out, fall out
    come off
  3. verb
    come up to the surface of or rise
    “He felt new emotions emerge
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    come up, rise, rise up, surface
    come to the surface
  4. verb
    become known or apparent
    “Some nice results emerged from the study”
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    type of:
    come into sight or view
  5. verb
    happen or occur as a result of something
    synonyms: come forth
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    come forth or begin from a state of latency
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    arise, develop, grow, originate, rise, spring up, uprise
    come into existence; take on form or shape
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