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verb, \ˈrīz\

Simple Definition of rise

  • : to move upward

  • : to become higher

  • : to slope or extend upward

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rise

rose play \ˈrōz\ risen play \ˈri-zən\ rising play \ˈrī-ziŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to assume an upright position especially from lying, kneeling, or sitting b :  to get up from sleep or from one's bed

  3. 2 :  to return from death

  4. 3 :  to take up arms <rise in rebellion>

  5. 4 :  to respond warmly :  applaud —usually used with to <the audience rose to her verve and wit>

  6. 5 chiefly British :  to end a session :  adjourn

  7. 6 :  to appear above the horizon <the sun rises at six>

  8. 7 a :  to move upward :  ascend b :  to increase in height, size, volume, or pitch

  9. 8 :  to extend above other objects <mountain peaks rose to the west>

  10. 9 a :  to become heartened or elated <his spirits rose> b :  to increase in fervor or intensity <my anger rose as I thought about the insult>

  11. 10 a :  to attain a higher level or rank <officers who rose from the ranks> b :  to increase in quantity or number

  12. 11 a :  to take place :  happen b :  to come into being :  originate

  13. 12 :  to follow as a consequence :  result

  14. 13 :  to exert oneself to meet a challenge <rise to the occasion>

Examples of rise in a sentence

  1. Smoke was rising into the air.

  2. Bubbles rose to the surface of water.

  3. The tide rose and fell.

  4. The land rises as you move away from the coast.

  5. a tower rising above the little town

  6. a politician who rose to fame very quickly

  7. The book has risen to the top of best-seller lists.

  8. People are angry about rising gasoline prices.

  9. The market is continuing to rise.

  10. The wind rose in the afternoon.

Origin of rise

Middle English, from Old English rīsan; akin to Old High German rīsan to rise

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of rise

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>.

Rhymes with rise



noun \ˈrīz also ˈrīs\

Simple Definition of rise

  • : an increase in amount, number, level, etc.

  • : an upward movement

  • : the act of advancing to a higher level or position : the process by which something or someone becomes established, popular, successful, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rise

  1. 1 a :  a spot higher than surrounding ground :  hilltop b :  an upward slope <a rise in the road>

  2. 2 :  an act of rising or a state of being risen: as a :  a movement upward :  ascent b :  emergence (as of the sun) above the horizon c :  the upward movement of a fish to seize food or bait

  3. 3 :  beginning, origin <the river had its rise in the mountain>

  4. 4 :  the distance or elevation of one point above another

  5. 5 a :  an increase especially in amount, number, or volume b chiefly British :  raise 3b c :  an increase in price, value, rate, or sum <a rise in the cost of living>

  6. 6 :  an angry reaction <got a rise out of him>

  7. 7 :  the distance from the crotch to the waistline on pants

Examples of rise in a sentence

  1. We watched the rise and fall of the waves.

  2. The book describes the empire's rise and fall.

  3. the meteoric rise of the Internet

  4. a politician's rise to fame

15th Century

First Known Use of rise

15th century

RISE Defined for Kids



verb \ˈrīz\

Definition of rise for Students

rose \ˈrōz\risen \ˈri-zən\rising \ˈrī-ziŋ\

  1. 1 :  to get up from lying, kneeling, or sitting

  2. 2 :  to get up from sleeping in a bed

  3. 3 :  to go or move up <The leather ball cleared the wall, still rising. — Jon Scieszka, Knights of the Kitchen Table>

  4. 4 :  to swell in size or volume <The river was rising.> <Their voices rose as they argued.>

  5. 5 :  to increase in amount or number <Prices are rising.>

  6. 6 :  to become encouraged or grow stronger <Their spirits rose.>

  7. 7 :  to appear above the horizon <The sun rises at six.>

  8. 8 :  to gain a higher rank or position <He rose to colonel.> <The game rose in popularity.>

  9. 9 :  to come into being <The river rises in the hills.>

  10. 10 :  to successfully deal with a difficult situation <She rose to the challenge.>

  11. 11 :  to return from death

  12. 12 :  to launch an attack or revolt <The people rose in rebellion.>

riser \ˈrī-zər\ noun <an early riser>




Definition of rise for Students

  1. 1 :  an increase in amount, number, or volume <a rise in prices>

  2. 2 :  upward movement <the rise and fall of waves>

  3. 3 :  the act of gaining a higher rank or position <a rise to power>

  4. 4 :  beginning 1, origin <the rise of democracy>

  5. 5 :  an upward slope

  6. 6 :  a spot higher than surrounding ground

  7. 7 :  an angry reaction <She's just saying that to get a rise out of you.>

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