Nearby words

  1. ripstop nylon,
  2. riptide,
  3. ripuarian,
  4. riroriro,
  5. risc,
  6. rise above,
  7. rise and shine,
  8. rise from the ashes,
  9. rise in the world,
  10. rise through the ranks


    get a rise out of, Informal.
    1. to provoke, as to action or anger.
    2. 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

before 1000; Middle English risen (v.), Old English rīsan; cognate with Dutch rijzen, Old High German rīsan, Gothic reisan; akin to raise, rear2

Related formshalf-rise, nounre·rise, verb, re·rose, re·ris·en, re·ris·ing.un·ris·en, adjective

Can be confusedraise rise (see usage note at raise)

Usage note

See raise. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for rise above

rise above


(intr, preposition) to overcome or be unaffected by (something mean or contemptible)


verb rises, rising, rose (rəʊz) or risen (ˈrɪzən) (mainly intr)

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 for rise

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

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Word Origin and History for rise above
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Idioms and Phrases with rise above


In addition to the idioms beginning with rise

  • rise and shine
  • rise from the ashes
  • rise in the world
  • rise through the ranks
  • rise to the bait
  • rise to the occasion

also see:

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