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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 Alabama's percentage of positive tests was 12.5% last week and rising. Margaret Newkirk, Bloomberg.com, "Rural Alabama County Fights Virus Outbreak With Just One Doctor," 23 June 2020 My hope, garnered first in the night sky and fostered further in the rising of the sun, assuaged the fear pent up in every fiber of my being. Michael Heim, al, "Michael Heim, McGill-Toolen Catholic High School," 19 June 2020 Long lines at food banks, combined with rising and issues, have raised the public’s awareness of how easily the average American can become food insecure. Cara Rosenbloom, Washington Post, "Dietitian sees one positive pandemic outcome: A shift in how we think about food," 5 June 2020 Hopefully the clouds break up enough to enjoy the rising of the Hunter’s Full Moon in the evening. David Streit, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Pleasantly mild through the weekend with minimal rain chances," 10 Oct. 2019 In addition, a good panettone takes two to three days to make (a couple of lengthy risings explain that), whereas a loaf of simple peasant bread is merely that day’s work. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: How to make panettone bread pudding," 24 Dec. 2019 Diego Armando Maradona, a 24-year-old rising and controversial young star leaves Barcelona and arrives in Naples–a city going through financial and social disarray and in need of so much more than a pricey footballer. Luis Miguel Echegaray, SI.com, "New Diego Maradona Documentary Channels Star's Essence at a Pivotal Time," 25 Sep. 2019 The two countries have also bickered this year about the Japanese navy’s use of the traditional rising-sun flag at an international ceremony in South Korea and over a Korean pop star’s T-shirt that depicted the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Bad Blood Between Japan, South Korea Tests American Strategy in Asia," 29 Nov. 2018 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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“Rising.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rising. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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