[ rahy-zing ]
/ ˈraɪ zɪŋ /


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 forms

un·ris·ing, adjective

Definition for rising (2 of 2)

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 forms

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

Can be confused

raise rise (see usage note at raise)

Usage note

See raise.
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Examples from the Web for rising

British Dictionary definitions for rising (1 of 2)


/ (ˈraɪzɪŋ) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for rising (2 of 2)


/ (raɪz) /

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


Word Origin for rise

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