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

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 How to pronounce rise (audio) also ˈrīs How to pronounce rise (audio) \

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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As the Texas ban has forced women to travel farther out of state for abortions, sometimes later in their pregnancies, organizations that help women access abortions have seen their costs rise. Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 Companies that provide good working conditions, pay a living wage, and create safe work environments are lessening the need for workers to rise up and demand union representation. Shelley E. Kohan, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Temperatures rise to around or a bit above 80 for highs. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 The purpose of cheating is to improve one’s stats and rise up the leaderboard. Chris Smith, BGR, 28 Apr. 2022 Other states prone to flooding, including Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama, are also seeing premiums rise for more people than the national average. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2022 Earnings are on track to rise 6.6% year-over-year for the quarter, based on actual results and estimates for companies that have yet to report, FactSet said. Will Feuer, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2022 Europa appears to be a dynamic place, where plumes of water rise up through cracks in the ice shell, which is tens of miles thick. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 19 Apr. 2022 There's an opportunity to rise up this list quickly as new coach Joey McGuire has brought excitement to the program. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But with the rise in global oil prices, the country has endured soaring costs in order to avert strikes, especially in the run-up to presidential elections next year. Reuters, CNN, 9 May 2022 But that paper was released before the rise of new Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, currently causing a wave in South Africa. Erin Prater, Fortune, 8 May 2022 The rise of cable television loosens the stranglehold that football and baseball had held on television basically since the 1950s. Matt Brennantelevision Editor, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2022 The group fixed ropes on the summit route in preparations for the expected rise of climbers later this month. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 8 May 2022 These new findings show rapidly changing workplaces, confronting novel labor issues and the rise of collaboration technology. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 7 May 2022 More than a decade after the rise of the employee activist movement, corporate America faces tougher decisions. New York Times, 7 May 2022 Hulu’s breakout limited series follows the spectacular rise and fall of Holmes, the founder of a billion-dollar blood testing company that was eventually revealed to be an elaborate fraud. Caroline Framke, Variety, 6 May 2022 But because the cases seem to have coincided with the rise of the omicron variant in particular, some health officials are looking into another possible link: prior infection. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 6 May 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for rise


\ ˈrīz How to pronounce rise (audio) \
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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