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[ rahyz ]

verb (used without object)

, rose, ris·en [riz, -, uh, n], ris·ing.
  1. 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.

    Antonyms: sink

  2. to get up from bed, especially to begin the day after a night's sleep:

    to rise early.

  3. to become erect and stiff, as the hair in fright.
  4. to get up after falling or being thrown down.

    Antonyms: fall

  5. to become active in opposition or resistance; revolt or rebel.
  6. to be built up, erected, or constructed.
  7. to spring up or grow, as plants:

    Weeds rose overnight.

  8. to become prominent on or project from a surface, as a blister.
  9. to come into existence; appear.
  10. to come into action, as a wind or storm.
  11. to occur:

    A quarrel rose between them.

  12. to originate, issue, or be derived; to have a source.

    Synonyms: proceed, arise

  13. to move from a lower to a higher position; move upward; ascend:

    The bird rose in the air.

    Synonyms: mount

    Antonyms: descend

  14. to ascend above the horizon, as a heavenly body.
  15. to extend directly upward; project vertically:

    The tower rises to a height of 60 feet. The building rises above the city's other skyscrapers.

  16. to have an upward slant or curve:

    The path rises as it approaches the woods.

  17. to attain higher rank, status, or importance or a higher economic level:

    to rise in the world.

    Synonyms: advance, succeed

    Antonyms: fail

  18. to advance to a higher level of action, thought, feeling, etc.:

    to rise above the commonplace.

  19. Angling. (of fish) to come up toward the surface of the water in pursuit of food or bait.
  20. to prove oneself equal to a demand, emergency, etc. (followed by to ):

    to rise to the occasion; to rise to one's responsibilities.

  21. to become animated, cheerful, or heartened, as the spirits.
  22. to become roused or stirred:

    to feel one's temper rising.

  23. to increase in height, as the level of water:

    The river rose thirty feet in eight hours.

  24. to swell or puff up, as dough from the action of yeast.
  25. to increase in amount, as prices.
  26. to increase in price or value, as commodities.
  27. to increase in degree, intensity, or force, as fever, color, etc.
  28. to become louder or of higher pitch, as the voice.
  29. to adjourn or close a session, as a deliberative body or court.
  30. to return from the dead:

    Christ rose from the dead and on the third day ascended into heaven.

verb (used with object)

, rose, ris·en [riz, -, uh, n], ris·ing.
  1. Nonstandard. to cause to rise.
  2. Nautical. to cause (something) to rise above the visible horizon by approaching nearer to it; raise.


  1. an act or instance of rising.
  2. appearance above the horizon, as of the sun or moon.
  3. elevation or increase in rank, fortune, influence, power, etc.:

    the rise and fall of ancient Rome.

  4. an increase in height, as of the level of water.
  5. the amount of such increase.
  6. an increase in amount, as of prices.
  7. an increase in price or value, as of commodities.
  8. Chiefly British. raise ( defs 33, 34, 35 ).
  9. an increase in degree or intensity, as of temperature.
  10. an increase in loudness or in pitch, as of the voice.
  11. Architecture, Building Trades.
    1. the measured height of any of various things, as a roof, a flight of steps, a stair step, or the crown of a road.
    2. the measured height of an arch from the springing line to the highest point of the intrados.
  12. the vertical distance through which the floor of an elevator or the like passes.
  13. origin, source, or beginning:

    the rise of a stream in a mountain.

  14. a coming into existence or notice:

    the rise of a new talent.

  15. extension upward.
  16. the amount of such extension.
  17. upward slope, as of ground or a road.
  18. a piece of rising or high ground:

    a house built upon a gentle rise.

  19. the distance between the crotch and the waist of a pair of trousers:

    Pants with a high rise are now in style.

  20. Angling. the coming up of a fish toward the surface in pursuit of food or bait.

verb phrase

  1. to ignore or be indifferent to, as an insult.


/ raɪz /


  1. to get up from a lying, sitting, kneeling, or prone position
  2. to get out of bed, esp to begin one's day

    he always rises early

  3. to move from a lower to a higher position or place; ascend
  4. to ascend or appear above the horizon

    the sun is rising

  5. to increase in height or level

    the water rose above the normal level

  6. to attain higher rank, status, or reputation

    he will rise in the world

  7. to be built or erected

    those blocks of flats are rising fast

  8. to become apparent; appear

    new troubles rose to afflict her

  9. to increase in strength, degree, intensity, etc

    her spirits rose

    the wind is rising

  10. to increase in amount or value

    house prices are always rising

  11. to swell up

    dough rises

  12. to become erect, stiff, or rigid

    the hairs on his neck rose in fear

  13. (of one's stomach or gorge) to manifest or feel nausea; retch
  14. to become actively rebellious; revolt

    the people rose against their oppressors

  15. to slope upwards

    the ground rises beyond the lake

  16. to return from the dead; be resurrected
  17. to originate; come into existence

    that river rises in the mountains

  18. (of a session of a court, legislative assembly, etc) to come to an end; adjourn
  19. angling (of fish) to come to the surface of the water, as when taking flies
  20. tr nautical another term for raise
  21. informal.
    often foll by to to respond (to teasing, etc) or fall into a trap prepared for one


  1. the act or an instance of rising; ascent
  2. an increase in height; elevation
  3. an increase in rank, status, or position
  4. an increase in amount, cost, or value
  5. an increase in degree or intensity
  6. an increase in salary or wages US and Canadian wordraise
  7. a piece of rising ground
  8. an upward slope or incline
  9. the appearance of the sun, moon, or other celestial body above the horizon
  10. the vertical height of a step or of a flight of stairs
  11. the vertical height of a roof above the walls or columns
  12. the height of an arch above the impost level
  13. angling the act or instance of fish coming to the surface of the water to take flies, etc
  14. the beginning, origin, or source; derivation
  15. slang.
    an erection of the penis
  16. get a rise out of or take a rise out of
    to provoke an angry or petulant reaction from
  17. give rise to
    to cause the development of; produce

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Confusables Note

See raise.

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Other Words From

  • half-rise noun
  • re·rise verb rerose rerisen rerising
  • un·risen adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rise1

First recorded before 1000; Middle English risen (verb), Old English rīsan; cognate with Dutch rijzen, Old High German rīsan, Gothic reisan; akin to raise, rear 2

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rise1

Old English rīsan ; related to Old Saxon rīsan , Gothic reisan

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. get a rise out of, Informal.
    1. to provoke, as to action or anger.
    2. to evoke the expected or desired response from.
  2. give rise to, to originate; produce; cause:

    The Industrial Revolution gave rise to accelerated urbanization.

More idioms and phrases containing rise

  • come up (rise in the world)
  • get a rise out of
  • give birth (rise) to

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Example Sentences

Being something of a political cipher may have helped Revels rise to prominence.

We tend to think not, but the rise of King, Kennedy, and Lincoln was unlikely, too.

The rapid rise of the sharing economy is changing the way people around the world commute, shop, vacation, and borrow.

Most importantly, they were all deleted long before that percentage could rise any higher.

He was also swept about in the music of D.C., a scene which gave rise to such acts as Fugazi and Thievery Corporation.

See how those distant peaks rise serenely over the southern horizon!

But he was ignorant of that part of the horrid tale; and the Duke, in a milder voice, bade him rise.

That bunch of cottonwoods with the new-made grave close by the dead horses seemed to rise up between us, and I became speechless.

The overture is over, the curtain is about to rise on the drama of Georgie's married life.

It had its counterpart on the political side in the rise of representative democratic government.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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