ris·​ing | \ˈrī-ziŋ \

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


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

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Instead, the regime hardened its position, fearing a repeat of the anti-Bolshevik risings of the Civil War. Anna Reid, WSJ, "Rule by Starvation," 6 Oct. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of rising

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

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living or existing for a long time

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