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

Definition of rise 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : 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

7a : 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

9a : to become heartened or elated his spirits rose

b : to increase in fervor or intensity my anger rose as I thought about the insult

10a : to attain a higher level or rank officers who rose from the ranks

b : to increase in quantity or number

11a : 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


\ ˈrīz also ˈrīs \

Definition of rise (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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

5a : 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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for rise

Synonyms: Verb

arise, ascend, aspire, climb, lift, mount, soar, thrust, up, uprise, upthrust, upturn

Synonyms: Noun

altitude(s), elevation, eminence, height, highland, hill, hump, mound, prominence, upland

Antonyms: Verb

decline, descend, dip, drop, fall (off), plunge

Antonyms: Noun


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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

Examples of rise in a Sentence


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.


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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Pence's father joined the company in the 1960s and rose to corporate vice president by the mid-1970s. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Cleanups at Pence family's failed gas stations costing taxpayers millions: report," 14 July 2018 Tobergte started his work as a vice president with Northern Kentucky Tri-ED in June 1990, beginning as senior vice president, rising to executive vice president in 1999 and as president/CEO from November 2004 until present. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Dan Tobertge resigns from Northern Kentucky Tri-ED," 13 July 2018 The price of a 60-dose canister rose to $659, up from around $70, the company confirmed. Robert Langreth And Cynthia Koons, BostonGlobe.com, "Many drugmakers ignore Trump — and raise prices anyway," 13 July 2018 As a result, GM's total market share for pickups rose to 34 percent compared with Ford's 32 percent, the report said. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "General Motors topping Ford in pickup market share," 12 July 2018 Expenses jumped at a faster clip, however, rising more than 8 percent, to $237 million. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte’s airport manages ‘tricky balance’ between low-cost hub and fancy new gates," 12 July 2018 In the city of Sacramento, there were five official hate crimes in 2017 — though police said there were many more documented incidents that didn't rise to the level of chargeable offenses. Anita Chabria And Michael Finch Ii, sacbee, "Hate crimes in Sacramento County have increased by 66 percent since 2014," 12 July 2018 No charges were filed; Iron County District Attorney Matthew Tingstad said nothing in the deputies' reports rose to the level of a crime. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Northwoods Wisconsin school board member started asking questions. Then things got ugly," 11 July 2018 One problem is that these Angara rockets were conceived and developed just before SpaceX rose to prominence and fulfilled the promise of lower-cost spaceflight. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Russian editor: Our space program is entering the “Dark Ages”," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Citi’s loans grew by 4 percent from a year earlier, well below the 7 percent rise in the first quarter of this year. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Bank Earnings Climb in Growing Economy, but Lending Doesn’t Keep Pace," 13 July 2018 As more estates have been built on greenfield sites outside the center, the rise in urban sprawl has brought problems. Michael Taylor, The Christian Science Monitor, "Won't you be my neighbor: Melbourne experiments with community-led housing," 11 July 2018 The rise to power of those representing 50% of the world’s population can only be good for the legitimacy and durability of democracy. James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 July 2018 The rise in the Consumer Price Index during the same period was just under 2.7 percent. Brooks Jackson, Philly.com, "Trump's Numbers (Second Quarterly Update) | FactCheck," 11 July 2018 The rapid rise in both popularity and prestige is all the more striking in light of the school’s historical place in the higher education firmament. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "Can USC Survive Scandal and Shed Its Spoiled-Kid Reputation Once and For All?," 10 July 2018 The rise in soybean exports may have been temporary, as foreign buyers rushed to beat the imposition of Chinese tariffs. Greg Ip, WSJ, "U.S. Exporters Will Be a Surprise Loser From Tariff Fight," 9 July 2018 But the rise of immortal digital actors is the logical outcome as today’s effects-heavy film-making techniques embrace the versatility of artificial intelligence. The Economist, "What if AI made actors immortal?," 5 July 2018 The rise is the second installment of a six-part hike that will eventually total 12 cents per gallon. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Gas taxes rise Sunday in 7 states as AAA projects record travel for July 4th," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of rise


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


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

History and Etymology for rise


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

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English Language Learners Definition of rise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move upward

: to become higher

: to slope or extend upward



English Language Learners Definition of rise (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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.


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

Kids Definition of rise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

2 : to get up from sleeping in a bed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11 : to return from death

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

Other words from rise

riser \ˈrī-zər \ noun an early riser



Kids Definition of rise (Entry 2 of 2)

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

2 : upward movement the rise and fall of waves

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

4 : beginning sense 1, origin the rise of democracy

5 : an upward slope

6 : a spot higher than surrounding ground

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

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