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arose\ ə-​ˈrōz How to pronounce arise (audio) \; arisen\ ə-​ˈri-​zᵊn How to pronounce arise (audio) \; arising\ ə-​ˈrī-​ziŋ How to pronounce arise (audio) \

Definition of arise

intransitive verb

1a : to begin to occur or to exist : to come into being or to attention Problems arise when people try to avoid responsibility. A conflict arose because of a misunderstanding. Questions have arisen concerning the company's financial records. He can defend himself should the need arise. [=if it becomes necessary to do so]
b : to originate from a source arteries that arise from the aorta a river that arises from two main sources
2 : to get up or stand up : rise He arose from his chair. especially : to get up from sleep or after lying down He arose (from bed) refreshed after a good night's sleep.
3 : to move upward : ascend A mist arose from the valley.

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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 (such 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Ultimately, the Supreme Court probably would be asked to weigh in — and possibly in the heat of the presidential campaign since the issue probably would arise only if Trump announced his candidacy and sought to qualify for the ballot. Mark Sherman, Star Tribune, "EXPLAINER: After acquittal, Trump 2024? Maybe not so fast," 18 Feb. 2021 For the past 30-plus years, my professional focus has been in decision optimization, the discipline of applying mathematical methods to the solution of problems that arise in the public and private sectors. Martin Shell, STAT, "With Covid-19 vaccines, ‘fair’ isn’t always fair enough," 12 Feb. 2021 The government is also in talks with other manufacturers to have enough vaccine available should problematic variants arise or refresher shots become necessary, the minister wrote on Twitter. Richard Weiss,, "BioNTech Says State Aid Can Boost Vaccine Capacity: Spiegel," 6 Feb. 2021 Tensions can arise when a CEO moves to the board and still has a hand in the business, said Jason Schloetzer, a business professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Joseph Pisani And Anne D'innocenzio, USA TODAY, "Five challenges awaiting Amazon's new CEO," 4 Feb. 2021 Strong, happy families can better handle changing circumstances and possess more positive attitudes toward challenges that arise. Brooklynne Deforest | Contributing Writer,, "COVID restrictions have brought many families closer," 2 Feb. 2021 One fascinating example comes from the work of neuroscientist Melissa Hines, who studied girls with congenital adrenal hyperplasia, a condition in which intersex traits arise in XX females because of unusually high levels of androgens. Grace Huckins, Scientific American, "Hormone Levels Are Being Used to Discriminate against Female Athletes," 1 Feb. 2021 As mutant, more transmissible variants of coronavirus arise in America, the discussion about how to better protect against the virus has become at top of mind for many Americans. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Why the CDC will not advise the public to wear N95 masks," 28 Jan. 2021 Even beyond eligibility, health experts worried that other obstacles would arise in New York. New York Times, "The High-Risk Group Left Out of New York’s Vaccine Rollout," 26 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of arise

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for arise

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

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The first known use of arise was before the 12th century

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23 Feb 2021

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“Arise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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\ ə-ˈrīz How to pronounce arise (audio) \
arose\ -​ˈrōz \; arisen\ -​ˈri-​zᵊn \; arising\ -​ˈrī-​ziŋ \

Kids Definition of arise

1 : to move upward Mist arose from the valley.
2 : to get up from sleep or after lying down
3 : to come into existence A dispute arose.

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