from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To assume a standing position after lying, sitting, or kneeling.
  • intransitive v. To get out of bed: rose at dawn.
  • intransitive v. To move from a lower to a higher position; ascend: Hot air rises.
  • intransitive v. To increase in size, volume, or level: The river rises every spring.
  • intransitive v. To increase in number, amount, or value: Prices are rising.
  • intransitive v. To increase in intensity, force, or speed: The wind has risen.
  • intransitive v. To increase in pitch or volume: The sound of their voices rose and fell.
  • intransitive v. To appear above the horizon: The sun rises later in the fall.
  • intransitive v. To extend upward; be prominent: The tower rose above the hill.
  • intransitive v. To slant or slope upward: Mount McKinley rises to nearly 6,200 meters.
  • intransitive v. To come into existence; originate.
  • intransitive v. To be erected: New buildings are rising in the city.
  • intransitive v. To appear at the surface of the water or the earth; emerge.
  • intransitive v. To puff up or become larger; swell up: The bread dough should rise to double its original size.
  • intransitive v. To become stiff and erect.
  • intransitive v. To attain a higher status: an officer who rose through the ranks.
  • intransitive v. To become apparent to the mind or senses: Old fears rose to haunt me.
  • intransitive v. To uplift oneself to meet a demand or challenge: She rose to the occasion and won the election.
  • intransitive v. To return to life.
  • intransitive v. To rebel: "the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government” ( Abraham Lincoln).
  • intransitive v. To close a session of an official assembly; adjourn.
  • transitive v. To cause to rise.
  • transitive v. To cause (a distant object at sea) to become visible above the horizon by advancing closer.
  • n. The act of rising; ascent.
  • n. The degree of elevation or ascent.
  • n. The appearance of the sun or other celestial body above the horizon.
  • n. An increase in height, as of the level of water.
  • n. A gently sloped hill.
  • n. A long broad elevation that slopes gently from the earth's surface or the ocean floor.
  • n. An origin, beginning, or source: the rise of a river.
  • n. Occasion or opportunity: facts that give rise to doubts about her motives.
  • n. The emergence of a fish seeking food or bait at the water's surface.
  • n. An increase in price, worth, quantity, or degree.
  • n. An increase in intensity, volume, or pitch.
  • n. Elevation in status, prosperity, or importance: the family's rise in New York society.
  • n. The height of a flight of stairs or of a single riser.
  • n. Chiefly British An increase in salary or wages; a raise.
  • n. Informal An angry or irritated reaction: finally got a rise out of her.
  • n. The distance between the crotch and waistband in pants, shorts, or underwear.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The process of or an action or instance of moving upwards or becoming greater.
  • n. The process of or an action or instance of coming to prominence.
  • n. An increase (in a quantity, price, etc).
  • n. The amount of material extending from waist to crotch in a pair of trousers or shorts.
  • n. An increase in someone's pay rate; a raise.
  • n. A small hill; used chiefly in place names.
  • n. An area of terrain that tends upward away from the viewer, such that it conceals the region behind it; a slope.
  • v. To move upwards.
  • v. To appear to move upwards from behind the horizon of a planet as a result of the planet's rotation
  • v. To be resurrected
  • v. of a quantity, price, etc, To increase.
  • v. To develop.
  • v. to have its source (in a particular place).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of rising, or the state of being risen.
  • n. The distance through which anything rises.
  • n. Land which is somewhat higher than the rest.
  • n. Spring; source; origin.
  • n. Appearance above the horizon.
  • n. Increase; advance; augmentation, as of price, value, rank, property, fame, and the like.
  • n. Increase of sound; a swelling of the voice.
  • n. Elevation or ascent of the voice; upward change of key.
  • n. The spring of a fish to seize food (as a fly) near the surface of the water.
  • intransitive v. To move from a lower position to a higher; to ascend; to mount up. Specifically: -- (a) To go upward by walking, climbing, flying, or any other voluntary motion.
  • intransitive v. To ascend or float in a fluid, as gases or vapors in air, cork in water, and the like.
  • intransitive v. To move upward under the influence of a projecting force.
  • intransitive v. To grow upward; to attain a certain height.
  • intransitive v. To reach a higher level by increase of quantity or bulk; to swell.
  • intransitive v. To become erect; to assume an upright position.
  • intransitive v. To leave one's bed; to arise.
  • intransitive v. To tower up; to be heaved up.
  • intransitive v. To slope upward; as, a path, a line, or surface rises in this direction.
  • intransitive v. To retire; to give up a siege.
  • intransitive v. To swell or puff up in the process of fermentation; to become light, as dough, and the like.
  • intransitive v. To have the aspect or the effect of rising.
  • intransitive v. To appear above the horizont, as the sun, moon, stars, and the like.
  • intransitive v. To become apparent; to emerge into sight; to come forth; to appear.
  • intransitive v. To become perceptible to other senses than sight.
  • intransitive v. To have a beginning; to proceed; to originate.
  • intransitive v. To increase in size, force, or value; to proceed toward a climax.
  • intransitive v. To increase in power or fury; -- said of wind or a storm, and hence, of passion.
  • intransitive v. To become of higher value; to increase in price.
  • intransitive v. To become larger; to swell; -- said of a boil, tumor, and the like.
  • intransitive v. To increase in intensity; -- said of heat.
  • intransitive v. To become louder, or higher in pitch, as the voice.
  • intransitive v. To increase in amount; to enlarge.
  • intransitive v. In various figurative senses.
  • intransitive v. To become excited, opposed, or hostile; to go to war; to take up arms; to rebel.
  • intransitive v. To attain to a better social position; to be promoted; to excel; to succeed.
  • intransitive v. To become more and more dignified or forcible; to increase in interest or power; -- said of style, thought, or discourse.
  • intransitive v. To come to mind; to be suggested; to occur.
  • intransitive v. To come; to offer itself.
  • intransitive v. To ascend from the grave; to come to life.
  • intransitive v. To terminate an official sitting; to adjourn.
  • intransitive v. To ascend on a musical scale; to take a higher pith.
  • intransitive v. To be lifted, or to admit of being lifted, from the imposing stone without dropping any of the type; -- said of a form.
  • transitive v. To go up; to ascend; to climb.
  • transitive v. To cause to rise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move or pass from a lower position to a higher; move upward; ascend; mount up: as, a bird rises in the air; a fog rises from the river; the mercury rises in the thermometer (or, as commonly expressed, the thermometer rises).
  • Specifically, to change from a lying, sitting, or kneeling posture to a standing one; stand up; assume an upright position: as, to rise from a chair; to rise after a fall.
  • Hence— To bring a sitting or a session to an end: as, the house rose at midnight.
  • To get up from bed.
  • To grow or stretch upward; attain an altitude or stature; stand in height: as, the tower rises to the height of 60 feet.
  • To swell upward.
  • To swell or puff up, as dough in the process of fermentation.
  • To slope or extend upward; have an upward direction: as, a line, a path, or a surface rises gradually or abruptly.
  • To appear above the horizon; move from below the horizon to above it, in consequence of the earth's diurnal rotation; hence, to move from an invisible to a visible position.
  • To come into existence; emerge into sight; arise.
  • To become audible.
  • To have a beginning; originate; spring; come into existence; be produced.
  • To increase in force, intensity, spirit, degree, value, or the like.
  • To increase in degree or volume, as heat or sound.
  • To increase in value; become higher in price; become dearer.
  • To increase in amount: as, his expenses rose greatly.
  • To stand up in opposition; become opposed or hostile; take up arms; rebel; revolt: as, to rise against the government.
  • To take up a higher position; increase in wealth, dignity, or power; prosper; thrive; be promoted or exalted: as, he is a rising man.
  • To become more forcible or impressive; increase in power, dignity, or interest: said of thought, discourse, or manner.
  • To come by chance; turn up; occur.
  • To arise from the grave or from the dead; be restored to life: often with again.
  • Of sound, to ascend in pitch; pass from a lower to a higher tone.
  • In mining, to excavate upward: the opposite of sink.
  • To come to the surface or to the baited hook, as a whale or a game-fish.
  • Milit., to be promoted; go up in rank.
  • Synonyms Arise, Rise. See arise.
  • To ascend; mount; climb.
  • In angling, to cause or induce to rise, as a fish.
  • Nautical, to cause, by approaching, to rise into view above the horizon. Compare raise, 11.
  • n. The act of rising; ascent: as, the rise of vapor in the air; the rise of water in a river; the rise of mercury in a barometer.
  • n. Elevation; degree of ascent: as, the rise of a hill or a road.
  • n. Any place elevated above the common level; a rising ground: as, a rise of land.
  • n. Spring; source; origin; beginning: as, the rise of a stream in a mountain.
  • n. Appearance above the horizon: as, the rise of the sun or a star.
  • n. Increase; advance: said of price: as, a rise in (the price of) stocks or wheat.
  • n. Elevation in rank, reputation, wealth, or importance; mental or moral elevation.
  • n. Increase of sound; swell.
  • n. Height to which one can rise mentally or spiritually; elevation possible to thought or feeling.
  • n. In sporting, the distance from the score-line to the traps in glass-ball- or pigeon-shooting matches.
  • n. In architecture, the perpendicular height of an arch in the clear, from the level of impost to the crown. See arch, 2.
  • n. In music: Increase of sound or force in a tone.
  • n. Ascent in pitch; passage from a lower to a higher tone.
  • n. In coal-mining, the inclination of strata considered from below upward. Thus, a seam of coal is said to be worked “to the rise” when it is followed upward on its inclination.
  • n. In mining, an excavation begun from below and carried upward, as in connecting one level with another, or in proving the ground above a level. Also called rising.
  • n. In carpentry, the height of a step in a flight of stairs.
  • n. The action of a fame-fish in coming to the surface to take the hook.
  • n. A branch of a tree; a twig.
  • n. A small bush.
  • n. In base-ball, a peculiar delivery of the ball which makes it rise so that the tendency of the batsman is to strike under it.
  • n. The difference in diameter, or taper, between two points in a log.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. increase in volume
  • v. rise to one's feet
  • v. get up and out of bed
  • v. become heartened or elated
  • n. a growth in strength or number or importance
  • v. take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance
  • v. return from the dead
  • n. increase in price or value
  • v. go up or advance
  • n. a wave that lifts the surface of the water or ground
  • n. the amount a salary is increased
  • v. rise up
  • v. move to a better position in life or to a better job
  • n. the act of changing location in an upward direction
  • v. rise in rank or status
  • n. an upward slope or grade (as in a road)
  • v. come into existence; take on form or shape
  • n. a movement upward
  • v. move upward
  • v. become more extreme
  • v. come up, of celestial bodies
  • v. increase in value or to a higher point
  • v. exert oneself to meet a challenge
  • v. come to the surface
  • n. an increase in cost
  • n. (theology) the origination of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost
  • n. the property possessed by a slope or surface that rises


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English risen, from Old English rīsan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English risen, from Old English rīsan ("to rise, stand up, rise together, be fit, be fitting, be becoming, be proper"), from Proto-Germanic *rīsanan (“to rise, move vertically up or down, go”), from Proto-Indo-European *rei- (“to rise, arise”). Cognate with Eastern Frisian risa ("to arise"), Dutch rijzen ("to rise, ascend, lift"), Low German risen ("to rise or fall"), German dialectal reisen ("to fall"), Icelandic rísa ("to rise"). Related also to German reisen ("to travel, fare"), Dutch reizen ("to travel"), Danish rejse ("to travel"), Swedish resa ("to travel"). Non Germanic cognates include Albanian rris ("I raise, grow") and Russian рость (rast, "growth"). See also raise.


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