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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 Transparency will be key as new phases roll out, problems arise and data emerge, according to experts who presented at a recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Webinar on vaccine confidence. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "The Best Evidence for How to Overcome COVID Vaccine Fears," 7 Jan. 2021 Blinken, in a Dec. 30 letter, and Haines, in a Dec. 23 letter, pledged to avoid issues that could affect their holdings and to consult with an ethics official on the measures necessary to resolve the conflict, should one arise. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Biden Cabinet picks earned millions from Wall Street and Big Tech," 4 Jan. 2021 But complications arise when Max (Cheyenne Jackson), Kat’s friend from college, arrives back in town. oregonlive, "‘Call Me Kat’: Mayim Bialik of ‘Big Bang Theory’ stars in a likable, unpretentious new sitcom (review)," 29 Dec. 2020 Their mistake doesn’t arise from bad social psychology but from bad metaphysics. Chilton Williamson Jr., WSJ, "The Woke See No Evil—and Nothing but Evil," 25 Dec. 2020 Potter’s failings, however, arise from aspects of his character that go beyond his businessman’s prowess. Jack Butler, National Review, "It’s Still a Wonderful Movie," 25 Dec. 2020 Concerns arise when mutations enhance virus infectivity, lethality or transmissibility. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Scientists scramble to determine if mutant strain of coronavirus will deepen pandemic," 24 Dec. 2020 But its name has nothing to do with the sport of boxing, and contrary to popular belief, did not arise from a need to return unwanted gifts or clean up trash generated by Christmas gifting. Erin Blakemore, History & Culture, "Why historians disagree about the origins of Boxing Day, the post-Christmas British holiday," 21 Dec. 2020 The differences arise because the holiday's name comes from Hebrew, which doesn't use the Latin alphabet. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Hanukkah 2020: When it is and what to know (no, it's not the 'Jewish Christmas')," 10 Dec. 2020

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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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18 Jan 2021

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“Arise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 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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