- advancing, ascending, or mounting: rising smoke.
- growing or advancing to adult years: the rising generation.
- somewhat more than: The crop came to rising 6000 bushels.
- in approach of; almost; well-nigh: a lad rising sixteen.
- the act of a person or thing that rises.
- an insurrection; rebellion; revolt.
- something that rises; projection or prominence.
- a period of leavening of dough preceding baking.
- Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a morbid swelling, as an abscess or boil.
- Also called riser. Nautical. a stringer supporting the thwarts of an open boat.
Origin of rising
- to get up from a lying, sitting, or kneeling posture; assume an upright position: She rose and walked over to greet me. With great effort he rose to his knees.
- to get up from bed, especially to begin the day after a night's sleep: to rise early.
- to become erect and stiff, as the hair in fright.
- to get up after falling or being thrown down.
- to become active in opposition or resistance; revolt or rebel.
- to be built up, erected, or constructed.
- to spring up or grow, as plants: Weeds rose overnight.
- to become prominent on or project from a surface, as a blister.
- to come into existence; appear.
- to come into action, as a wind or storm.
- to occur: A quarrel rose between them.
- to originate, issue, or be derived; to have a source.
- to move from a lower to a higher position; move upward; ascend: The bird rose in the air.
- to ascend above the horizon, as a heavenly body.
- to extend directly upward; project vertically: The tower rises to a height of 60 feet. The building rises above the city's other skyscrapers.
- to have an upward slant or curve: The path rises as it approaches the woods.
- to attain higher rank, status, or importance or a higher economic level: to rise in the world.
- to advance to a higher level of action, thought, feeling, etc.: to rise above the commonplace.
- Angling. (of fish) to come up toward the surface of the water in pursuit of food or bait.
- to prove oneself equal to a demand, emergency, etc. (followed by to): to rise to the occasion; to rise to one's responsibilities.
- to become animated, cheerful, or heartened, as the spirits.
- to become roused or stirred: to feel one's temper rising.
- to increase in height, as the level of water: The river rose thirty feet in eight hours.
- to swell or puff up, as dough from the action of yeast.
- to increase in amount, as prices.
- to increase in price or value, as commodities.
- to increase in degree, intensity, or force, as fever, color, etc.
- to become louder or of higher pitch, as the voice.
- to adjourn or close a session, as a deliberative body or court.
- to return from the dead: Christ rose from the dead and on the third day ascended into heaven.
- Nonstandard. to cause to rise.
- Nautical. to cause (something) to rise above the visible horizon by approaching nearer to it; raise.
- an act or instance of rising.
- appearance above the horizon, as of the sun or moon.
- elevation or increase in rank, fortune, influence, power, etc.: the rise and fall of ancient Rome.
- an increase in height, as of the level of water.
- the amount of such increase.
- an increase in amount, as of prices.
- an increase in price or value, as of commodities.
- Chiefly British. raise(defs 33–35).
- an increase in degree or intensity, as of temperature.
- an increase in loudness or in pitch, as of the voice.
- Architecture, Building Trades.
- the measured height of any of various things, as a roof, a flight of steps, a stair step, or the crown of a road.
- the measured height of an arch from the springing line to the highest point of the intrados.
- the vertical distance through which the floor of an elevator or the like passes.
- origin, source, or beginning: the rise of a stream in a mountain.
- a coming into existence or notice: the rise of a new talent.
- extension upward.
- the amount of such extension.
- upward slope, as of ground or a road.
- a piece of rising or high ground: a house built upon a gentle rise.
- the distance between the crotch and the waist of a pair of trousers: Pants with a high rise are now in style.
- Angling. the coming up of a fish toward the surface in pursuit of food or bait.
- rise above, to ignore or be indifferent to, as an insult.
- get a rise out of, Informal.
- to provoke, as to action or anger.
- to evoke the expected or desired response from.
- give rise to, to originate; produce; cause: The Industrial Revolution gave rise to accelerated urbanization.
Origin of rise
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Examples from the Web for rising
Since then, the rising gap between the rich and middle- and lower-income families has risen to the fore.Christie Blames Parents for Bad Economy
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Launched just 13 years ago, it quickly became a serious rival to MAS and a rising juggernaut in Asia.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370
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Rising up from scooping bay, the steep topography—hemmed by hills of evergreens—promises panoramas at practically every turn.Next Stop, Quito: Our Top Cities for 2015
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Since rising to power over the past five years, Boko Haram has killed more than 6,000 Nigerians.The New Face of Boko Haram’s Terror: Teen Girls
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No law or even revolution in police tactics can fully curb the rising expectations that come with a wired world.Dear GOP: Fix the Damn Justice System!
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"I'll put on the teakettle at once, Robert," said his mother, rising.Brave and Bold
We are much in want of rain, and thought we should have had some, but the barometer is rising this evening.Explorations in Australia
But every eye was upon me, and the Church was silent as death, waiting for my rising.
But he must see that the boy was safe in bed, and rising he left the room.Weighed and Wanting
We see the same idea also in the rising and setting sun and moon.
- an insurrection or rebellion; revolt
- the yeast or leaven used to make dough rise in baking
- increasing in rank, status, or reputationa rising young politician
- increasing in maturity; growing up to adulthoodthe rising generation
- informal approaching the age of; nearlyshe's rising 40
- to get up from a lying, sitting, kneeling, or prone position
- to get out of bed, esp to begin one's dayhe always rises early
- to move from a lower to a higher position or place; ascend
- to ascend or appear above the horizonthe sun is rising
- to increase in height or levelthe water rose above the normal level
- to attain higher rank, status, or reputationhe will rise in the world
- to be built or erectedthose blocks of flats are rising fast
- to become apparent; appearnew troubles rose to afflict her
- to increase in strength, degree, intensity, etcher spirits rose; the wind is rising
- to increase in amount or valuehouse prices are always rising
- to swell updough rises
- to become erect, stiff, or rigidthe hairs on his neck rose in fear
- (of one's stomach or gorge) to manifest or feel nausea; retch
- to become actively rebellious; revoltthe people rose against their oppressors
- to slope upwardsthe ground rises beyond the lake
- to return from the dead; be resurrected
- to originate; come into existencethat river rises in the mountains
- (of a session of a court, legislative assembly, etc) to come to an end; adjourn
- angling (of fish) to come to the surface of the water, as when taking flies
- (tr) nautical another term for raise (def. 20)
- (often foll by to) informal to respond (to teasing, etc) or fall into a trap prepared for one
- the act or an instance of rising; ascent
- an increase in height; elevation
- an increase in rank, status, or position
- an increase in amount, cost, or value
- an increase in degree or intensity
- British an increase in salary or wagesUS and Canadian word: raise
- a piece of rising ground
- an upward slope or incline
- the appearance of the sun, moon, or other celestial body above the horizon
- the vertical height of a step or of a flight of stairs
- the vertical height of a roof above the walls or columns
- the height of an arch above the impost level
- angling the act or instance of fish coming to the surface of the water to take flies, etc
- the beginning, origin, or source; derivation
- slang an erection of the penis
- get a rise out of or take a rise out of to provoke an angry or petulant reaction from
- give rise to to cause the development of; produce
Word Origin and History for rising
c.1300, "resurrection, act of one who rises," verbal noun from rise (v.). Of heavenly bodies from mid-14c. Meaning "a getting up from bed" is c.1400. Sense of "insurrection" is late 14c.
1540s, present participle adjective from rise (v.).
Old English risan "to rise, rise from sleep, get out of bed; stand up, rise to one's feet; get up from table; rise together; be fit, be proper" (usually arisan; class I strong verb; past tense ras, past participle risen), from Proto-Germanic *us-risanan "to go up" (cf. Old Norse risa, Old Saxon risan, Gothic urreisan "to rise," Old High German risan "to rise, flow," German reisen "to travel," originally "to rise for a journey").
From c.1200 as "move from a lower to a higher position, move upward; increase in number or amount; rise in fortune, prosper; become prominent;" also "rise from the dead." Meaning "come into existence, originate; result (from)" is mid-13c. From early 14c. as "rebel, revolt;" also "occur, happen, come to pass; take place." Related to raise (v.). Related: Rose; risen.
"upward movement," 1570s, from rise (v.). Meaning "a piece of rising ground" is from 1630s. Meaning "spring, source, origin, beginning" is from 1620s. Phrase to get a rise out of (someone) (1829) is a metaphor from angling (1650s).