rise

1 of 2

verb

rose ˈrōz How to pronounce rise (audio) ; risen ˈri-zᵊn How to pronounce rise (audio) ; rising ˈrī-ziŋ How to pronounce rise (audio)

intransitive verb

1
a
: to assume an upright position especially from lying, kneeling, or sitting
b
: to get up from sleep or from one's bed
2
: to return from death
3
: to take up arms
rise in rebellion
4
: to respond warmly : applaud
usually used with to
the audience rose to her verve and wit
5
chiefly British : to end a session : adjourn
6
: to appear above the horizon
the sun rises at six
7
a
: to move upward : ascend
b
: to increase in height, size, volume, or pitch
8
: to extend above other objects
mountain peaks rose to the west
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
10
a
: to attain a higher level or rank
officers who rose from the ranks
b
: to increase in quantity or number
11
a
: to take place : happen
b
: to come into being : originate
12
: to follow as a consequence : result
13
: to exert oneself to meet a challenge
rise to the occasion

rise

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noun

1
a
: a spot higher than surrounding ground : hilltop
b
: an upward slope
a rise in the road
2
: an act of rising or a state of being risen: such 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
: beginning, origin
the river had its rise in the mountain
4
: the distance or elevation of one point above another
5
a
: an increase especially in amount, number, or volume
b
chiefly British : raise sense 3b
c
: an increase in price, value, rate, or sum
a rise in the cost of living
6
: an angry reaction
got a rise out of him
7
: the distance from the crotch to the waistline on pants
Choose the Right Synonym for 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 (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

Examples of rise in a Sentence

Verb Smoke was rising into the air. Bubbles rose to the surface of water. The tide rose and fell. The land rises as you move away from the coast. a tower rising above the little town a politician who rose to fame very quickly The book has risen to the top of best-seller lists. People are angry about rising gasoline prices. The market is continuing to rise. The wind rose in the afternoon. Noun We watched the rise and fall of the waves. The book describes the empire's rise and fall. the meteoric rise of the Internet a politician's rise to fame
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Theoretically, current homeowners should be excited to see their property values rising quickly. Alex Harring, CNBC, 13 July 2024 Julia Roeder, a Free Press apprentice, is a rising senior at Grosse Pointe South High School. Julia Roeder, Detroit Free Press, 13 July 2024
Noun
Few voters realize, for instance, how much the rise of public charter schools has revolutionized what children are taught in some poor neighborhoods. Jay Mathews, Washington Post, 13 July 2024 Equities trading revenue rose 37% to $1.5 billion, driven by strength in derivatives and a rise in hedge fund balances, roughly $300 million more than the StreetAccount estimate. Hugh Son, CNBC, 12 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for rise 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

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Cite this Entry

“Rise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rise. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

rise

1 of 2 verb
rose ˈrōz How to pronounce rise (audio) ; risen ˈriz-ᵊn How to pronounce rise (audio) ; rising ˈrī-ziŋ How to pronounce rise (audio)
1
a
: to get up from lying, kneeling, or sitting
b
: to get up from sleep or from one's bed
2
: to return from death
3
: to take up arms
the people rose in rebellion
4
: to appear above the horizon
sun rises at six
5
a
: to move upward : ascend
smoke rises
b
: to extend upward
hill rises to a great height
6
: to swell in size or volume
the river was rising
bread dough rises
7
a
: to become encouraged
their spirits rose
b
: to grow stronger
felt her anger rising
8
a
: to gain a higher rank or position
rose to colonel
b
: to increase in quantity or number
prices were rising
9
a
: arise sense 2b
an ugly rumor had risen
b
: to come into being : originate
river rises in the hills
10
: to show oneself equal to a demand or test
rise to the occasion

rise

2 of 2 noun
1
: an act of rising : a state of being risen
2
3
: the distance of one point above another
4
: an increase in amount, number, or volume
5
a
: an upward slope
b
: a spot higher than surrounding ground
6
: an angry reaction

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