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verb, \ə-ˈrīz\

Simple Definition of arise

  • : to begin to occur or to exist

  • : to begin at a source

  • : to get up from sleep or after lying down

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of arise

arose play \-ˈrōz\ arisen play \-ˈri-zən\ arising play \-ˈrī-ziŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to get up :  rise

  3. 2 a :  to originate from a source b :  to come into being or to attention

  4. 3 :  ascend

Examples of arise in a sentence

  1. These problems arise when people try to avoid responsibility.

  2. Questions have arisen concerning the company's financial records.

  3. The sport arose in the 19th century.

  4. The opportunity arose for a new position to be created.

  5. A conflict arose because of a misunderstanding.

  6. Tumors arose in different areas of the skin.

Origin of arise

Middle English, from Old English ārīsan, from ā-, perfective prefix + rīsan to rise — more at abide

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of arise

spring, arise, rise, originate, derive, flow, issue, emanate, proceed, stem mean to come up or out of something into existence. spring implies rapid or sudden emerging <an idea that springs to mind>. arise and rise may both convey the fact of coming into existence or notice but rise often stresses gradual growth or ascent <new questions have arisen> <slowly rose to prominence>. originate implies a definite source or starting point <the fire originated in the basement>. derive implies a prior existence in another form <the holiday derives from an ancient Roman feast>. flow adds to spring a suggestion of abundance or ease of inception <words flowed easily from her pen>. issue suggests emerging from confinement through an outlet <blood issued from the cut>. emanate applies to the coming of something immaterial (as a thought) from a source <reports emanating from the capital>. proceed stresses place of origin, derivation, parentage, or logical cause <advice that proceeds from the best of intentions>. stem implies originating by dividing or branching off from something as an outgrowth or subordinate development <industries stemming from space research>.

ARISE Defined for Kids


verb \ə-ˈrīz\

Definition of arise for Students

arose \-ˈrōz\arisen \-ˈri-zən\arising \-ˈrī-ziŋ\

  1. 1 :  to move upward <Mist arose from the valley.>

  2. 2 :  to get up from sleep or after lying down

  3. 3 :  to come into existence <A dispute arose.>

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