ris·​ing | \ ˈrī-ziŋ How to pronounce rising (audio) \

Definition of rising

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Definition of rising (Entry 2 of 2)

: approaching a stated age : nearly a red cow rising four years oldLancaster (Pa.) Jour.

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Examples of rising in a Sentence

Noun He was the leader of an armed rising against the elected government. a great rising of the people was all it took to bring down a regime that imagined that it would endure for a thousand years
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now, daily cases are five times that number and rising, and Delta, undetected until March, accounts for 99% of viral samples subject to genetic analysis, according to England’s public-health agency. Jason Douglas, WSJ, 23 June 2021 Food prices jumped a sizable 2.6% with the cost of beef and veal rising, though the cost of fresh fruits declined. Martin Crutsinger, Star Tribune, 15 June 2021 That’s normal in the tropics, where there’s plenty of heat to go around, but the Arctic should be cold enough to better resist this large-scale rising of hot air. Matt Simon, Wired, 7 Apr. 2021 But Saturday’s exciting and dramatic near-miss signals a real rising. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2021 With coronavirus case numbers in the region dropping and vaccine availability rising, families whose children attend some of the city’s most affluent public schools are flooding city officials’ inboxes and pleading for more slots. Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2021 The plants are now legally operating again, but, with the price of gas rising, fishermen are spending less and less time on the water. Ian Urbina, The New Yorker, 1 Mar. 2021 In the richest nation in the world, an obscene—and rising—number of people cannot afford to feed themselves. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 14 Jan. 2021 But with joblessness rising and unemployment payments shrinking, competition for such work has stiffened, and more people rely on it as their primary income source. Spencer Soper, Bloomberg.com, 1 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of rising


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1734, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rising was in the 14th century

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“Rising.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rising. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rising

chiefly British : a violent attempt by a group of people in a country to remove a leader or government

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