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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

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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 The pandemic has sent state and local officials scrambling to prepare for an election like few others, an extraordinary endeavor during a presidential contest, as virus cases rise across much of the U.S. Andrew Taylor And Christina A. Cassidy, Houston Chronicle, "Ready or not: Election costs soar in prep for virus voting," 13 July 2020 Migrant rescues in Arizona desert exceed 2019 total as apprehensions rise across border Deal reached to allow Arizona visitors to Puerto Peñasco after border residents block highway Alongside Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif. Cleo Krejci, The Arizona Republic, "Rep. Andy Biggs wants Trump to pull troops from Afghanistan, Iraq and end 'endless wars'," 12 July 2020 Details about university fall plans are still taking shape for Alaska campuses as coronavirus cases rise statewide. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "University of Alaska heads toward fall with evolving plans for reopening campuses," 11 July 2020 That flexibility could be crucial as Covid-19 cases rise across parts of the United States, forcing at least two dozen states to pause or roll back reopening plans. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Why it pays to be a chain during a pandemic," 10 July 2020 But while other counties, such as Elkhart and LaGrange, enacted similar masking policies in recent weeks after seeing local cases rise, Marion County did so even though cases have decreased since earlier in the pandemic. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "'We wouldn't want to have to go back': Why mask order was put in place in Marion County," 10 July 2020 Markel says governors will be in a difficult position if the numbers of cases and deaths rise in the coming weeks. Nisa Khan, Detroit Free Press, "Where Michigan didn't — and did — stay home on the Fourth of July weekend," 9 July 2020 Tedros stressed that while global deaths have leveled off, many countries are actually seeing cases and deaths rise. CBS News, "World Health Organization chief says coronavirus outbreak is "accelerating"," 8 July 2020 As the number of Coronavirus cases rise in Wisconsin, some residents are facing long waits at free testing sites, with some waiting nearly four hours. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "People are waiting as long as 4 hours at Wisconsin coronavirus testing sites as cases rise," 8 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But Democrats hope to erase memories of Biden trying to carve out a mentor role with the up-and-coming Xi years ago, and his Senate vote to admit China into the WTO — the step that supercharged its economic rise. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Two things are clear about the alarming plummet in US relations with China," 29 July 2020 China used them aggressively in its rise to become a superpower. Erick A. Brimen, Fortune, "Why Latin America’s economic security is key to fixing U.S. immigration," 9 July 2020 Mercado is a legend to so many in the Latinx community, but an unlikely one, which makes his rise to fame all the more interesting. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "If Netflix’s Mucho, Mucho Amor Is The First You’ve Heard Of Walter Mercado, Let Us Catch You Up," 9 July 2020 Duckworth, a first-term senator from Illinois, has seen her national stature rise as her name is floated as a potential vice presidential pick for former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Sen. Duckworth, who lost both legs in the Iraq War, hits back at Tucker Carlson for suggesting she hates America," 8 July 2020 UT Southwestern Medical Center, a leader in academic medicine, has reported a sharp rise in coronavirus cases among its employees, including 25 new cases in a recent week. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "More health workers are getting COVID-19, but UTSW says they’re safer on the job than out and about," 3 July 2020 His meteoric rise in Minnesota politics stemmed from his ability to talk the language of social justice while at the same time wooing the business community with his charisma. New York Times, "‘They Have Lost Control’: Why Minneapolis Burned," 3 July 2020 Coronavirus continued its precipitous rise across the San Antonio region Thursday. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "Bexar County adds 374 COVID-19 cases as officials, hospital leaders beg residents to be careful over Fourth of July weekend," 2 July 2020 The restrictions come a day after Victoria reported 75 new coronavirus cases, giving Australia its highest single-day rise in infections since April 11. Washington Post, "Live updates: Fauci to testify to Senate committee on reopening schools amid coronavirus surge," 30 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 11 Aug. 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

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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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