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  1. advancing, ascending, or mounting: rising smoke.

  2. growing or advancing to adult years: the rising generation.

  1. somewhat more than: The crop came to rising 6000 bushels.

  2. in approach of; almost; well-nigh: a lad rising sixteen.

  1. the act of a person or thing that rises.

  2. an insurrection; rebellion; revolt.

  1. something that rises; projection or prominence.

  2. a period of leavening of dough preceding baking.

  3. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a morbid swelling, as an abscess or boil.

  4. Also called riser. Nautical. a stringer supporting the thwarts of an open boat.

Origin of rising

First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English (gerund). See rise, -ing2, -ing1

Other words from rising

  • un·ris·ing, adjective

Words Nearby rising

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How to use rising in a sentence

  • The sun when he appeareth shewing forth at his rising, an admirable instrument, the work of the most High.

  • rising at once he bundled up his traps, threw the line of his small hand-sledge over his shoulder, and stepped out for home.

    The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
  • They crossed the bridge and rode up the gently rising, bare, and rugged ground towards Condillac.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
  • The crests of three tall palms immediately below him waved slightly in the rising wind.

    The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
  • She liked him less than ever, nevertheless wished that he were her brother and the rising star in American politics.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton

British Dictionary definitions for rising


/ (ˈraɪzɪŋ) /

  1. an insurrection or rebellion; revolt

  2. the yeast or leaven used to make dough rise in baking

  1. increasing in rank, status, or reputation: a rising young politician

  2. increasing in maturity; growing up to adulthood: the rising generation

  1. informal approaching the age of; nearly: she's rising 40

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