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

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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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As infections rise across the United States, communities that depend on tourism are bracing for lower foot traffic, which is poised to deal a real blow to the cities and towns that count on seasonal visitors for income. Julia Horowitz And Charles Riley, CNN, "The pandemic could expose more Wirecards," 5 July 2020 Lemon is there and hops slowly rise before kicking up on the finish, but that's about it. Marc Bona, cleveland, "13 beers to try in July (photos)," 5 July 2020 There is concern that the number of new cases will only rise further as people flock to beaches and parks for the holiday weekend. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, ""Most unnecessary situation": Surging coronavirus cases frustrate health experts," 4 July 2020 In his report, Johnson wrote that their conduct didn’t rise to the level of misconduct given that its their prerogative to check the status of any investigation. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Controversial police interview with real estate developer may have been detrimental to sexual assault probe," 4 July 2020 As vaccine hopes rise, U.S. races to buy syringes to avoid a mask-shortage scenario. Jon Gambrell, USA TODAY, "US analysts say fire at Iran nuclear site hit new centrifuge production plant," 3 July 2020 Helping Hands, have offered food for low-income and homeless families as unemployment rates rise nationwide. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Cy-Fair ISD serves more than 1 million meals through curbside program," 3 July 2020 Ohio, which saw new cases rise much faster than tests this week, is of particular concern. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Week America Lost Control of the Pandemic," 3 July 2020 Greenland ice melt is already the biggest contributor to sea level rise worldwide, studies show. Washington Post, "Rapid Arctic meltdown in Siberia alarms scientists," 3 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Santa Clara County, which was previously flagged for an accelerating rise in hospitalizations, fell off the list over the weekend. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "California regulators find most people followed coronavirus rules over holiday weekend," 6 July 2020 Anaplasmosis is still rare in Michigan but the number of cases reportedly yearly in the state is on the rise. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "Tick disease with coronavirus-like symptoms is on a rise in Michigan," 6 July 2020 The governor made the comments as 40 out of 50 states are seeing coronavirus infections on the rise and the U.S. death toll has topped 130,000. CBS News, "Trump is "enabling the virus," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says," 6 July 2020 Since beginning to reopen several weeks ago, Los Angeles has seen an alarming rise in cases and hospitalizations, health director Barbara Ferrer said. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Many states hit pause on reopening but experts say the spread of coronavirus is now hard to control," 30 June 2020 In Florida, where the seven-day average of new cases has hit new highs for 21 days in a row, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said that young people who ignore social distancing rules were largely to blame for the rise in infections. Washington Post, "Global death toll surpasses 500,000," 29 June 2020 Florida also closed down bars in the state on Saturday amid a rise in cases. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Gavin Newsom orders bars in several California counties to close back down over spike in coronavirus cases," 28 June 2020 Nashville: The city entered another phase of reopening Monday amid a rise in the trend of new COVID-19 cases, but officials said the city will stay in the phase for at least a month. USA TODAY, "Tattoos, masks, telemedicine, Yellowstone: News from around our 50 states," 23 June 2020 Amid the continued rise in case counts, the county announced that a slew of businesses could reopen Friday as the region continues to relax stay-at-home orders put in place in March to slow the virus’ spread. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County coronavirus cases mount, but efforts to slow spread appear to be working, officials say," 19 June 2020

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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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“Rise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rise. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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


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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 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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