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)

intransitive verb

: 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]
: to originate from a source
arteries that arise from the aorta
a river that arises from two main sources
: 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.
: to move upward : ascend
A mist arose from the valley.
Choose the Right Synonym for 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 (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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For those unsure of what cut of steak best fits the evening, Carvers’ servers are trained to offer assistance with any question that may arise, with their extensive knowledge of the different cuts Carvers has to offer. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Nov. 2022 The arrangement doesn’t always end money fights and new ones may arise, lawyers said. Veronica Dagher, WSJ, 9 Nov. 2022 Another large component of the lag in announcing official election results will be the race recounts and candidates who may challenge the results of their contest that may arise after polls close and unofficial tallies trickle in. Isabella Murray, ABC News, 8 Nov. 2022 The conference will cover Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, the latest research about the condition, advanced planning and legal issues that may arise as the cognitive health condition progresses. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Nov. 2022 The backup opportunities on Nov. 16 and 19 offer a two-hour launch window and more wiggle room for NASA to mitigate any issues that may arise during the countdown. Jamie Groh, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2022 Language barriers, cultural values, social cues and history can add layers of complexity to the potential conflicts that may arise. Sherrie Haynie, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 Next comes the optimal pace for top-offs, which depends on various factors, including how quickly variants arise. Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2022 Potential measures could include using public-transportation data to send alerts should overcrowding risks arise. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, 8 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Arise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

arose -ˈrōz How to pronounce arise (audio) ; arisen -ˈriz-ən How to pronounce arise (audio) ; arising -ˈrī-ziŋ How to pronounce arise (audio)
: to get up from sleep or after lying down
arising at dawn
: to begin at a source
arteries that arise from the aorta
: to come into being or to attention
a question arose
: to move upward
mist arose from the valley

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