verb \ ə-ˈrīz \

Definition of arise

arose play \-ˈrōz\; arisen play \-ˈri-zᵊn\; arising play \-ˈrī-ziŋ\
intransitive verb
1 a : to begin to occur or to exist : to come into being or to attention
  • Problems arise when people try to avoid responsibility.
  • A conflict arose because of a misunderstanding.
  • Questions have arisen concerning the company's financial records.
  • He can defend himself should the need arise. [=if it becomes necessary to do so]
b : to originate from a source
  • arteries that arise from the aorta
  • a river that arises from two main sources
2 : to get up or stand up : rise
  • He arose from his chair.
; especially : to get up from sleep or after lying down
  • He arose (from bed) refreshed after a good night's sleep.
3 : to move upward : ascend
  • A mist arose from the valley.

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Origin and Etymology of arise

Middle English, from Old English ārīsan, from ā-, perfective prefix + rīsan to rise — more at abide

Synonym Discussion of arise

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

ARISE Defined for Kids


verb \ ə-ˈrīz \

Definition of arise for Students

arose \-ˈrōz\; arisen \-ˈri-zᵊn\; arising \-ˈrī-ziŋ\
1 : to move upward
  • Mist arose from the valley.
2 : to get up from sleep or after lying down
3 : to come into existence
  • A dispute arose.

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