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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 Cases also continue to rise in the five Harris County zip codes that comprise the Lake Houston area. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "Coronavirus update: Governor, County judge urge Humble area residents to wear masks," 23 June 2020 However, as hospitalizations continue to rise in Texas, Abbott on Monday urged residents to follow CDC guidelines and wear a mask. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "As COVID-19 cases rise, these are the symptoms to look out for. They include diarrhea and nausea.," 23 June 2020 Charleston: Coronavirus cases in West Virginia linked to travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, continue to rise as health officials push for people to follow safety precautions. USA TODAY, "Trump going Fourth, college refunds, parks shuttered: News from around our 50 states," 22 June 2020 And Trump’s speech in Tulsa contained little more of an economic program than a promise not to raise taxes and predictions that the stock market will continue to rise. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "This Is How Trump Plans to Beat Biden," 21 June 2020 The Newsom administration is requiring Californians wear face coverings as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the state. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, "Nail salons, massage parlors and more can reopen in Ventura County following coronavirus closures," 19 June 2020 Dallas County reported 392 new coronavirus cases and five deaths from the virus Thursday as hospitalizations continue to rise. Aria Jones, Dallas News, "Dallas County reports record number of coronavirus hospitalizations, 5 deaths," 18 June 2020 Though coronavirus cases continue to rise and there’s still no vaccine, Bay Area counties have joined the rest of the state in rolling back restrictions. John King, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco begins to stir back to life — but there’s a long way to go," 18 June 2020 Coronavirus cases in popular tourist states like New York, Nevada, California, and Florida all continue to rise. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Nobody wants to visit the US while it is a coronavirus hot zone," 17 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Two years later, the state of Illinois also cut funding -- which Cure Violence says led to a dramatic rise in homicides. Emma Reynolds, CNN, "Calls are growing to defund police in the US. Here are some lessons from overseas," 24 June 2020 The number of new coronavirus cases in Michigan appears to be on the rise once again. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "After Michigan flattened the curve, coronavirus case counts appear to be rising again," 24 June 2020 Through this series of essays, Tom Wolfe delves into the counterculture of the 1960s, from the custom-car scene in California to the rise of stock-car racing in the South. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Eight Books Every Auto Enthusiast Should Read, and One for the Kids," 20 June 2020 Scholars, activists and prisoners have linked that exception clause to the rise of a prison system that incarcerates black people at more than five times the rate of white people, and profits off of their unpaid or underpaid labor. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "'I want to celebrate freedom in its totality': What Juneteenth means to Black Louisvillians," 19 June 2020 The mayors of six major Texas cities, including San Antonio’s Ron Nirenberg, have written a public letter pleading with constituents to wear masks and practice social distancing to curb an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. Peggy O’hare, ExpressNews.com, "‘Infections are rising’ — Nirenberg, other mayors beg public to wear masks," 19 June 2020 The canellaton of stay at home orders may be contributed to the rise of new infections. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Brazilian indigenous leader who fought to protect Amazon rainforest dies from the coronavirus," 18 June 2020 Mental health clinics across the country have shut down in-person services, leading to a huge rise in utilization of telemedicine solutions. Isobel Rosenthal, Scientific American, "Mental Health after COVID-19," 17 June 2020 Economists have drawn attention to a rise in death rates among middle-aged whites that helped push down U.S. life expectancy during the last decade. WSJ, "Coverage of the Unrest Sparked by George Floyd’s Killing," 13 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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The first known use of rise was before the 12th century

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“Rise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rise. Accessed 7 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.


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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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