\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, uprear, 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

Properties at high elevations have experienced rising values, while those at lower elevations have declined in value. Richard Florida, WIRED, "Climate Change Will Force the Poor From Their Homes," 13 July 2018 Moore, a bright-eyed, rising sixth-grader from Brooklyn, has a similar level of determination. Abby Haglage, refinery29.com, "4 Black Girls With Big Dreams & The 4 Women Living Them," 13 July 2018 And Todd Ford sees it in the rising cost of aluminum cans at his Charlotte brewery. Deon Roberts, Jim Morrill And Hannah Lang, charlotteobserver, "From breweries to the farm, Trump tariff war produces winners and losers in Charlotte," 12 July 2018 Native villages along the coast are moving inland to flee rising seas. Kelsey Brugger, Scientific American, "Alaska Wants to Fight Warming While Still Drilling for Oil," 12 July 2018 President Donald Trump has urged the Saudis to pump more oil to contain rising prices. David Koenig, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. soon to surpass Saudis, Russia as top oil producer," 11 July 2018 The rising democratic socialist star just won the congressional primary for the Reform Party for New York’s 15th district, beating incumbent Democrat representative José Serrano, even though neither was running for the Reform ticket. Meagan Fredette, Teen Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Won New York's 15th District Reform Party Primary Even Though She Wasn't Running," 11 July 2018 This rising rootedness and attachment to the status quo show up in public opinion data as well. Lyman Stone, Vox, "The myth of the job-hopping, rootless millennial is just that — a myth," 11 July 2018 Builders say that's because of the rising costs of labor, lumber and lots. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Home building slows in metro Milwaukee during the first half of the year," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Data from the Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows depredation permits have been on the rise, with 39 applied for in 2013 and 90 in 2017. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.," 13 July 2018 The numbers reflect a rise in tick populations across the country, said study author Nate Nieto. Dennis Thompson, CBS News, "Ticks that carry Lyme disease are spreading fast," 13 July 2018 Reusable straws in materials like bamboo, silicone, glass, and metal are on the rise, and many are sold with a brush to clean them in-between uses. Alice Bell, Vogue, "11 Stylish, Sustainable Straws to Help You Cut Down on Single-Use Plastic," 13 July 2018 The next three months constitute a pivotal moment in the trajectory of the Sixers’ rise, one that will play out almost entirely behind closed doors. David Murphy, Philly.com, "Sixers might look the same, but potential for improvement is huge | David Murphy," 6 July 2018 But the rise of cheap meats—fueled by hot dogs but also salisbury steaks—fed into more nationalist sentiments, too. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Why Do Carrot Hot Dogs Make You So Mad?," 3 July 2018 That cooler air absorbs warmth, rises, and continues the cycle. Popular Mechanics, "3 Energy-Saving Ways To Keep Your House Cooler This Summer," 27 June 2018 There is also a focus on the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), which Musk famously fears more than nuclear weapons. Mark Harris, Ars Technica, "First space, then auto—now Elon Musk quietly tinkers with education," 25 June 2018 Violence in the country has been on the rise, and last year, more homicides were recorded than in any other year since the government started tracking them, according to theLos Angeles Times. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Thousands of immigrants pass through the southern border. Why are they fleeing their home countries?," 25 June 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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