rise

verb
\ ˈrīz How to pronounce rise (audio) \
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 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

rise

noun
\ ˈrīz 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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Verb

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

But now pressure for break-up is rising dramatically. The Economist, "Leaving the EU is straining the union with Scotland," 29 June 2019 Constantly feeling on edge': Anti-LGBT hate crimes are rising, the FBI says. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "'Gayborhoods' used to be a LGBT safe haven. Now, many LGBT people have been priced out," 29 June 2019 The red, white and blue donned by both U.S. and French fans blended into one cohesive sea of rising insanity as kickoff approached. Ashley Scoby, Pro Soccer USA, "U.S., France atmosphere lives up to hype in World Cup prize fight," 29 June 2019 But this is also an economy where unemployment is low, wages are rising, 17 million new cars were sold last year, and the reason the middle class is shrinking is that people are moving up as well as down. Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post, "In the Democratic debates, candidates spouted too many economic fairy tales," 28 June 2019 Sharing such discoveries and coming out to the world can be intimidating in a time when anti-Semitism is rising. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "When elders reveal they are Jewish on their deathbeds, their children often return to Judaism," 27 June 2019 Fact: Health care costs are rising far faster than the cost of living, digging into American families' pocketbooks and causing half of families to cut back on medical care. CBS News, "As Dems debate, facts about economy, taxes, health care, wages and more," 26 June 2019 Some have worried that warming stripes of individual countries or states, taken out of context, could advance the idea that global temperatures aren’t rising. Eli Kintisch, Science | AAAS, "New climate ‘stripes’ reveal how much hotter your hometown has gotten in the past century," 26 June 2019 Despair was rising among the youngest cohort of Generation X, and baby boomers were being blinded by shingles. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Militants then ran into a nearby high-rise located in a crowded market and began firing down on the ministry. Time, "A Powerful Bomb Blast Rocks Afghanistan's Capital Kabul, Wounding at Least 65," 1 July 2019 Gloria says streamlined regulations prompt developers to build more housing more quickly but, Bry says, the legislation could damage neighborhood character by allowing high-rises in areas now dominated by single-family homes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Housing crisis emerges as key battle in San Diego mayor’s race," 1 July 2019 Militants then ran into a nearby high-rise located in a crowded market and began firing down on the ministry. Amir Shah, BostonGlobe.com, "Powerful bomb blast rocks Afghan capital," 1 July 2019 Hours after the second shooting, police remained camped out on Chicago Avenue and Cambridge, standing in the shadow of the newer luxury high-rises that had overtaken the area near the former Chicago Housing Authority complex known as Cabrini-Green. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "‘We’re tired of the shooting’: 6 wounded in shootings near former Cabrini-Green housing complex," 30 June 2019 In the heart of Uptown Park and the Galleria, residents of The Astoria Condominium Tower have found their own personal paradise in this high-rise residence. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Condo Life: Luxury high-rise spotlight on The Astoria," 30 June 2019 The latest chapter involves another high-rise bridge over the Mobile River, one planned to carry I-10 over Mobile's downtown waterfront. al.com, "Who named the Dolly Parton Bridge?," 30 June 2019 More recently there has been a fashion for high-rise prisons in the middle of struggling cities. The Economist, "A jail in Denver offers some lessons for criminal-justice reformers," 28 June 2019 In the early 2000s, as the city shifted from a low-rise beach town into a hotbed of condo development, buyers from Latin America bought up condos in cash, viewing Miami real estate as a safe haven for their savings. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "In Miami, There Are Too Many Condos and Not Enough Foreign Buyers," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of rise

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rise

Verb

Middle English, from Old English rīsan; akin to Old High German rīsan to rise

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rise

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move upward
: to become higher
: to slope or extend upward

rise

noun

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.

rise

verb
\ 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

rise

noun

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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