Definition of rise in English:

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Pronunciation: /rīz/

verb (past rose /rōz/; past participle risen /ˈrizən/)

[no object]
1Move from a lower position to a higher one; come or go up: the tiny aircraft rose from the ground
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  • She didn't see the mist starting to rise from the ground.
  • His brows rose, and he moved to touch my leg, but I slapped him.
  • Small flames were beginning to rise, and she moved in towards the fire.
1.1(Of the sun, moon, or another celestial body) appear above the horizon: the sun had just risen
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  • The sun had finally risen above the horizon, lighting up her path.
  • The sun had risen above the horizon, and threw a faint light over the mountains.
  • Her eyes watched the stars dance as the full moon rose over the horizon.
move up/upward(s), come up, make one's/its way up, arise, ascend, climb, mount, soar
1.2(Of a fish) come to the surface of water: a fish rose and was hooked and landed
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  • It is still too early, I think in mock amusement, the fish haven't risen yet.
  • Like the shark rising from the briny deep, the challenges of change management have risen to the surface.
1.3(Of a voice) become higher in pitch: my voice rose an octave or two as I screamed
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  • Felix was growing upset now, his voice rising in pitch and volume.
  • I objected, my voice rising in pitch of its own accord.
  • She yelled, her voice rising in pitch until she was screeching.
get higher, grow, increase, become louder, swell, intensify
1.4Reach a higher position in society or one’s profession: the officer was a man of great courage who had risen from the ranks
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  • They would be looked down upon by others who rose in the society to be successful individuals.
  • Allan is clearly a spineless kind of fellow - a philanthropic friend to the poor but lacking drive and the ability to rise in his profession.
  • During more than 20 years in the profession, he had risen to the post of deputy head at a school in the north of England and was happy with his workload and responsibilities.
make progress, climb, advance, get on, work one's way, be promoted
1.5 (rise above) Succeed in not being limited or constrained by (a restrictive environment or situation): he struggled to rise above his humble background
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  • She has an air of American pragmatism that complements her relentless determination to succeed and rise above her class.
  • In its general aspect, modularity is the process whereby concretely given individuals struggle to rise above their own limits by means of a script of self-fashioning drawn from the media.
  • By no means is it an original movie, but it is a well constructed one that often rises above its stupendous flaws and contradictions.
1.6 (rise above) Be superior to: I try to rise above prejudice
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  • There are times when this doesn't rise above the level of superior student production, particularly in the awkward doubling and some of the crowd scenes.
  • Elgar's Sea Pictures seldom rise above the fustian level of their poetic texts, and among the six Chausson items only two or three were memorable.
  • I concede that the score by the young and promising composer seldom rises above the serviceable.
2Get up from lying, sitting, or kneeling: she pushed back her chair and rose
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  • When no answer came, Beth rose from her chair and went to kneel beside his.
  • Giving a deep sigh, she rose from the chair and walked into the sitting room.
  • When Baker grabbed Daisy's necklace, John rose from his chair.
stand up, get to one's feet, get up, jump up, leap up
formal arise
2.1Get out of bed, especially in the morning: I rose and got dressed
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  • Ted rose early the next morning and took a taxi to the Museo Nazionale, cool, echoey, empty of tourists despite the fact that it was summer.
  • She rose early one morning, determined to make it up to Emmy.
  • They rose early the next morning, and Rhia sensed that the soldiers seemed well-rested and eager to resume their journey.
2.2chiefly British (Of a meeting or a session of a court) adjourn: the judge’s remark heralded the signal for the court to rise
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  • There was, therefore, considerable disappointment that when the Dail rose for the summer recess nothing had been done.
  • The courts sit from 11 am to 1pm, then rise for lunch and sit again from 2pm to 4pm.
  • Before the Dail and Seanad rose for the summer recess, Dempsey formulated a series of proposals for the reform of the Oireachtas.
adjourn, recess, be suspended, pause, take a break
informal knock off, take five
2.3Be restored to life: your sister has risen from the dead he would rise again from the dead on the third day
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  • An angel reported that Jesus had risen from the dead.
  • He died on the cross and is said to have risen from the dead three days later.
  • We were all startled by the transformation, as if a man had risen from the dead.
come back to life, be resurrected, revive
2.4(Of a wind) start to blow or to blow more strongly: the wind continued to rise
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  • Niall swept his hands in front of them, and a strong wind immediately rose.
  • He moved his hand in front of him, a strong wind rising around him.
  • I will sleep, I think; for the sheets of shimmering water are growing dark and angry, and the wind is rising.
2.5(Of a river) have its source: the Euphrates rises in Turkey
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  • The Mejerda River, which rises in Algeria, drains into the Gulf of Tunis.
  • The longest river in the country is the Medjerda, which rises in Algeria and flows through Tunisia to the sea.
originate in, begin in, start in, emerge in/from;
issue from, spring from, flow from, emanate from
2.6Cease to be submissive, obedient, or peaceful: the activists urged militant factions to rise up
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  • Some say, if that's the case, why don't they rise up and overthrow the government themselves?
  • Future generations will have to find some other way to rise up against their parents.
  • She asks for everyone to rise up against this evil.
rebel, revolt, mutiny, riot, take up arms
2.7 (rise to) (Of a person) react with annoyance or argument to (provocation): he didn’t rise to my teasing
react to, respond to;
2.8 (rise to) Find the strength or ability to respond adequately to (a challenging situation): many participants in the race had never sailed before, but they rose to the challenge
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  • He was impressed by how families rose to the challenge in different ways.
  • I can imagine another future, though - one in which individual and collective responsibility rises to the challenge.
  • The men whose lives are celebrated in this enlightening book had their moment and rose to its challenge superbly.
3(Of land or a feature following the contours of the land) incline upward; become higher: the moorlands rise and fall in gentle folds
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  • The land rises abruptly to highland ridges with mountain summits as high as 3000 feet.
  • From the edges of the valley, the land rises abruptly in steep high buttes.
  • The land rises progressively toward the south.
slope upward, go uphill, incline, climb
3.1(Of a building, mountain, or other high object or structure) be much taller than the surrounding landscape: the cliff rose more than a hundred feet above us
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  • Before them, a great structure of green stone rose seamlessly from a basin of grass.
  • The battered masonry walls rise dramatically from the landscape.
  • Barely a thousand feet high, it rose dramatically from the surrounding landscape.
loom, tower, soar, rise up, rear (up)
3.2(Of someone’s hair) stand on end: he felt the hairs rise on the back of his neck
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  • He pulls the covers from his body, stands, and feels the hair rising on his arms.
  • Fear prickled at the nape of her neck as the hairs there rose.
  • His eyes narrowed and she felt hair rising on the back of her neck.
3.3(Of a building) undergo construction from the foundations: rows of two-story houses are slowly rising
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  • The triangular four-story building will rise on the site of a former strip club, another step in a major downtown renewal initiative.
  • Trees started to become rarer and buildings kept rising.
  • Indeed, taxi drivers take tourists from airport to city centre via the riverside building site out of which the palatial new house is rising.
3.4(Of dough) swell by the action of yeast: leave the dough in a warm place to rise
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  • It grew gradually like bread dough rising in a bowl on a radiator, until it filled her up and made her feel slightly sick with excitement.
  • Making the bread is a living process, similar to yoghurt, where the dough rises and develops with the yeast.
  • The downstairs rooms were moderately clean by the time the dough had risen the second time.
swell, expand, enlarge, puff up
3.5(Of a bump, blister, or weal) appear as a swelling on the skin: blisters rose on his burned hand
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  • Goosebumps rose on her skin immediately and she stopped struggling almost all together because of the extreme cold.
  • He kissed her on the back of her neck and her breathing quickened as the goosebumps rose on her skin.
  • Goose bumps were rising on her skin, her breath shallow.
3.6(Of a person’s stomach) become nauseated: Fabio’s stomach rose at the foul bedding
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  • I screamed as the rollercoaster slid down the first dip, my stomach rising into my mouth.
  • However Amy had no time to ponder over this, for as soon as the doors closed, she felt her stomach suddenly rise as the elevator zoomed upwards.
  • She swallowed hard as her gorge rose at the sight of the busted-up fighter and the stench of burnt flesh.
4Increase in number, size, amount, or quality: land prices had risen
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  • As the amount of gold coins in circulation increases, prices rise - but only very, very slowly.
  • Since 2001, the cost of the provincial game has risen from €5.8 million to €11.2 million.
  • During the past 18 months, the cost of a barrel of oil has risen from less than $40 to more than $70.
go up, increase, soar, shoot up, surge, leap, jump, rocket, escalate, spiral
improve, get better, advance, go up, soar, shoot up
4.1(Of the sea, a river, or other body of water) increase in height to a particular level, typically through tidal action or flooding: the river level rose so high the work had to be abandoned figurative the rising tide of crime
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  • Slowly but surely, the water level is rising, and pathetic river and sea defences aren't going to do anything to stop more flooding.
  • As the seas rose, new coral islands grew from the underlying shelf platform.
  • And yet, we have a whole bunch of people, serious, accomplished scientists, telling us that the seas will rise in some places while deserts will be created in others.
4.2(Of an emotion) develop and become more intense: he felt a tide of resentment rising in him
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  • His hopes rose when he learned that some leaders had ‘gone to ground’.
  • Full fledged panic rose through her and she let out a loud scream.
  • An odd feeling rose up inside of me as I watched, and I wasn't sure I liked it.
4.3(Of a sound) become louder; be audible above other sounds: her voice rose above the clamor
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  • He listened to the apologetic muttering of the boy as he fell, but above this rose the angry voice of the guard.
  • Yet, the whole time, her voice hadn't risen above a whisper.
  • His voice had risen above the crowd, so that some people stopped to listen.
4.4(Of a person’s mood) become more cheerful: her spirits rose as they left the ugly city behind
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  • I soon found my mood rising as my feelings for Denny began to fade.
  • His spirits instantly rose at the sound of Jessi's voice.
  • She felt her heart rise a little as he winked back.
brighten, lift, cheer up, improve, pick up
informal buck up
4.5(Of the color in a person’s face) become deeper, especially as a result of embarrassment: he was teasing her, and she could feel her color rising
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  • He bowed slightly, nervously biting his bottom lip, and Tanaki felt the colour rising in his face.
  • She could feel the colour rising in her cheeks and her grip on the sheets tightened.
  • She felt her colour rising again, but she was once more determined to get her own way.
4.6(Of a barometer or other measuring instrument) give a higher reading.
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  • Pumps move liquid nitrogen along heat sinks back and forth along the sides to cool it, but still the temperature gauges rise slightly.
  • At once, the thermostat on the tank's control systems immediately rose from 47 degrees Celsius to sixty.
5 (rising) Approaching (a specified age): she was thirty-nine rising forty Polly shall have a young mare rising three years old


1An upward movement; an instance of becoming higher: the bird has a display flight of steep flapping rises
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  • Finally opening her eyes, she noted that, other than the shallow rise and fall of his chest, there was no movement coming from him.
  • Ian put the bag down and watched Justin lying there, nervously checking the rise and fall of his chest.
  • They were both almost completely motionless, save the rise and fall of their chests as they breathed.
1.1An act of a fish moving to the surface to take a fly or bait.
1.2An increase in sound or pitch: the rise and fall of his voice
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  • The score anticipated Schoenberg's technique in Gurrelieder and Pierrot Lunaire, indicating the rises and falls of the voice with relative pitches.
1.3An instance of social, commercial, or political advancement: few models have had such a meteoric rise
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  • After a meteoric rise comes the inevitable fall.
  • As she began her rise in the political world, the media began to take notice.
  • If he keeps being cast as such one-dimensional, charisma-free characters, his fall may be as quick as his meteoric rise.
progress, climb, promotion, elevation, aggrandizement
1.4An upward slope or hill.
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  • Shrugging me off, he ordered me to go stand by the massive pine topping the largest of the graveyard's sloping rises.
  • It was a land of scattered hills and rises.
  • Down the path and over the rise of the last hill the army went, as if nothing had ever happened.
slope, incline, hillock, hill
formal eminence
1.5The vertical height of a step, arch, or incline.
1.6 another term for riser (sense 2).
2An increase in amount, extent, size, or number: local people are worried by the rise in crime
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  • Businesses know U.S. consumers can shoulder a rise in energy prices and that domestic demand should keep increasing this year.
  • Increasing use of email has already prompted a rise in the price of posting a letter.
  • Is the corporate spending increase enough to sustain the price rise?
increase, hike, leap, upsurge, upswing, climb, escalation
improvement, amelioration, upturn, leap
2.1British An increase in salary or wages.
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  • The incipient rebellion was quickly quashed, however, when journalists received email notification of the enormous salary rises which will accompany the deal.
  • But analysts say compromises on wage and pension rises are likely.
  • In terms of wages, 69 percent of exporters surveyed expect to pay a wage rise in the next 12 months.
3 [in singular] A source; an origin: it was here that the brook had its rise



get (or take) a rise out of

informal Provoke an angry or irritated response from (someone), especially by teasing.
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  • For a while they tried everything they could think of to get a rise out of him, to provoke a response.
  • Soon, she'll get sick of not getting a rise out of you and search for a new victim to hassle.
  • The fact that he got a rise out of Delia - the woman who, until recently, wouldn't criticise a bent banana, let alone another living being - is a measure of just how irritating he can be.

on the rise

Becoming greater or more numerous; increasing: prices were on the rise
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  • Now it's milk and dairy prices that are on the rise.
  • From natural gas and propane to heating oil and gasoline, prices are on the rise.
  • The variety, frequency and complexity of attacks used against corporations are also on the rise.
2.1Becoming more successful: young stars on the rise
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  • Katy, a young star on the rise, wandered into Nathan's life when they met on the set of the hit TV show.
  • With Lynn's star once again on the rise, she's the perfect candidate for DVD treatment.
  • Alice is an artist whose star is very much on the rise.

rise and shine

[usually in imperative] informal Get out of bed smartly; wake up.
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  • Tomorrow, rise and shine, because it's awards time.
  • And in London last weekend, at least one household reverberated to a chorus of, ‘It's time for us to rise and shine and have a fun day!’
  • We were expected to rise and shine at 6.30 in the morning.

rise to the bait

see bait.

rise with the sun (or lark)

Get up early in the morning.
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  • Every morning, she rose with the sun, ate a breakfast of cereal and eggs, got dressed in the same old school uniform, styled her hair in the same way, and walked the quarter mile to her all-girls school.
  • Once again, on Saturday morning I rose with the sun.
  • He had made it a habit long ago to rise with the sun every morning, and today was no exception.

someone's star is rising

Someone is becoming more successful or popular.
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  • The youthful trio's primitive, upbeat garage-rock caused a fuss at last year's Glastonbury after they won a competition to perform at the new bands tent, and now their star is rising sharply.
  • I would cite his reputation for fairness on matters as a key reason why his star is rising.
  • He has stepped forward and shown that his star is rising fast.


Old English rīsan 'make an attack', 'wake, get out of bed', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rijzen and German reisen.

  • retro from [1960s]:

    The fashion term retro is from French rétro, an abbreviation of rétrograderetrograde’ (Late Middle English). This was originally a term in astronomy referring to planets appearing to move in a direction from east to west. It comes from Latin retrogradus, from retro ‘backwards’ and gradus ‘step’. Retro- is also the source of words such as retrospect (early 17th century) from Latin retrospicere ‘look back’ and rear ‘back part’. This was first used as a military term from French arrière ‘behind’, which came from retro. The phrase th'arrear ‘the back’ was mis-analysed as ‘the rear’ and the ‘a’ at the beginning of the word dropped. It was used colloquially to mean ‘buttocks’ from the late 18th century. The other rear,’ to raise up’ and its close relative rise, both Old English, come from an Germanic root, with raise, a Middle English introduction from Old Norse coming from the same source.

Words that rhyme with rise

advise, apprise, apprize, arise, assize, capsize, chastise, comprise, demise, despise, devise, downsize, excise, flies, guise, incise, low-rise, misprize, outsize, previse, prise, prize, remise, revise, size, surmise, surprise, uprise, wise

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