from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To get up, as from a sitting or prone position; rise.
  • intransitive verb To awaken and get up.
  • intransitive verb To move upward; ascend.
  • intransitive verb To come into being; originate.
  • intransitive verb To result, issue, or proceed: synonym: stem.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Rising.
  • To get up from sitting, lying, or kneeling, or from a posture or state of repose, as from sleep or the grave: as, the audience arose and remained standing.
  • To get up from a sitting or session, as of a court; suspend sittings for a time; adjourn: as, the court arose at 4 o'clock.
  • To spring up from, or as from, the ground; ascend; mount or move from a lower to a higher place: as, vapors arise from humid ground.
  • To come into view, as from a hiding-place; specifically, to appear, as the sun or a star, above the horizon: hence, to begin, or be ushered in, as the day.
  • To come into being or action; come into existence or play; start into prominence or activity; appear; come upon the scene: as, a false prophet has arisen; a great wind arose; a cry arose.
  • To have a beginning or origin; originate.
  • To come or spring up incidentally, as anything requiring attention: as, other cases can be attended to as they arise.
  • To rise in hostility; rebel: with against: as, the men arose against their officers.
  • [In senses 1–4, 6 , and 8, rise is now more common.]

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Rising.
  • intransitive verb To come up from a lower to a higher position; to come above the horizon; to come up from one's bed or place of repose; to mount; to ascend; to rise
  • intransitive verb To spring up; to come into action, being, or notice; to become operative, sensible, or visible; to begin to act a part; to present itself
  • intransitive verb To proceed; to issue; to spring.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To get up.
  • verb To start to exist.
  • verb To resume existing.

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

  • verb come into existence; take on form or shape
  • verb move upward
  • verb originate or come into being
  • verb result or issue
  • verb rise to one's feet
  • verb take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance
  • verb get up and out of bed


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

[Middle English arisen, from Old English ārīsan : ā-, intensive pref. + rīsan, to rise; see rise.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English arisen, from Old English ārīsan ("to arise, get up; rise; spring from, originate; spring up, ascend"), from Proto-Germanic *uzrīsanan (“to rise up, arise”), equivalent to a- +‎ rise. Cognate with Scots arise, aryse ("to arise, rise up, come into existence"), Middle Low German errīsen ("to stand up, arise"), Old High German irrīsan ("to rise up, fall"), Gothic  (urreisan, "to arise").


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