rise to the occasion/challenge

Definition of rise to the occasion/challenge

:to make the special effort that is required to successfully deal with a difficult situation
  • No one was sure if he could handle the pressure of making a speech, but he rose to the occasion and did an excellent job.
  • When the company needed to increase its sales, its employees rose to the challenge.

Word by Word Definitions

rise play
  1. : to assume an upright position especially from lying, kneeling, or sitting

  2. : to get up from sleep or from one's bed

  3. : to return from death

  1. : a spot higher than surrounding ground : hilltop

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : an act of rising or a state of being risen: such as

occasion play
  1. : a favorable opportunity or circumstance

  2. : a state of affairs that provides a ground or reason

  3. : an occurrence or condition that brings something about

  1. : bring about, cause

challenge play
  1. : to demand as due or deserved : require

  2. : to order to halt and prove identity

  3. : to dispute especially as being unjust, invalid, or outmoded : impugn

  1. : a summons (see 1summons 2) that is often threatening, provocative, stimulating, or inciting

  2. : an invitation to compete in a sport

  3. : a calling to account or into question : protest


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