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[verb uhp-rahyz; noun uhp-rahyz]
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verb (used without object), up·rose, up·ris·en, up·ris·ing.
  1. to rise up; get up, as from a lying or sitting posture.
  2. to rise into view: As we approached the city, the spires of tall buildings uprose as if to greet us.
  3. to rise in revolt.
  4. to come into existence or prominence: Many calamities uprose to plague the people during the war.
  5. to move upward; mount up; ascend.
  6. to come above the horizon.
  7. to slope upward: The land uprises from the river to the hills.
  8. to swell or grow, as a sound: A blare of trumpets uprose to salute the king.
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  1. an act of rising up.
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Origin of uprise

First recorded in 1250–1300, uprise is from the Middle English word uprisen. See up-, rise
Related formsup·ris·er, noun
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Related Words

scale, rise, ascend, increase, awake, stand, arise, climb, awaken, upspring

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Historical Examples

  • The governor of the district and his crew are plotting to uprise.

    Cabbages and Kings

    O. Henry

  • Benjamin of Tiberias, leader of a Jewish uprise in Palestine, 19, 22.

  • The uprise of land has been detected in various parts of the world.

  • The uprise of an idea, perception of a principle, makes many one and inseparable.


    Amos Bronson Alcott

  • Nor was the uprise of Protestantism in Scotland the only result of her policy in giving fire and strength to the new religion.

British Dictionary definitions for uprise


verb (ʌpˈraɪz) -rises, -rising, -rose or -risen
  1. (tr) to rise up
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noun (ˈʌpˌraɪz)
  1. another word for rise (def. 24), rise (def. 25), rise (def. 26)
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Derived Formsupriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for uprise


c.1300, "stand up; get out of bed; ascend to a higher level," from up + rise (v.). Cf. West Frisian oprize, Middle Dutch oprisen, Dutch oprijzen.

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