advancing, ascending, or mounting: rising smoke.
growing or advancing to adult years: the rising generation.

adverb Informal.

somewhat more than: The crop came to rising 6000 bushels.
in approach of; almost; well-nigh: a lad rising sixteen.


Origin of rising

1150–1200; Middle English (gerund). See rise, -ing2, ing1
Related formsun·ris·ing, adjective



verb (used without object), rose, ris·en [riz-uhn] /ˈrɪz ən/, ris·ing.

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.

verb (used with object), rose, ris·en [riz-uhn] /ˈrɪz ən/, ris·ing.

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.
  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.
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.

Verb Phrases

rise above, to ignore or be indifferent to, as an insult.

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)

Synonyms for rise

12. arise, proceed. 13. mount. 17. succeed, advance.

Antonyms for rise

1. sink. 4. fall. 13. descend. 17. fail.

Usage note

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

Examples from the Web for rising

Contemporary Examples of rising

Historical Examples of rising

British Dictionary definitions for rising



an insurrection or rebellion; revolt
the yeast or leaven used to make dough rise in baking

adjective (prenominal)

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


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with rising


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
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.