Language: Old English
Origin: risan


1 verb
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rise1 S2 W1 past tense rose, past participle risen [intransitive]


to increase in number, amount, or value [= go up; ≠ fall]
rise by
Sales rose by 20% over the Christmas period.
rise from/to
The research budget rose from £175,000 in 1999 to £22.5 million in 2001.
rise above
Temperatures rarely rise above freezing.
rise dramatically/sharply/rapidly/steeply etc
The number of people seeking asylum in Britain has risen sharply.
The divorce rate has risen steadily since the 1950s.
rising crime/unemployment/inflation etc
The country faces economic recession and rising unemployment.
The police seem unable to cope with the rising tide of (=large increase in) car crime.
see usage note raise1

go upwards

to go upwards [≠ fall]:
The floodwaters began to rise again.
She watched the bubbles rise to the surface.
the problems caused by climate change and rising sea levels
rise from
Smoke rose from the chimney.
The road rises steeply from the village.
The waves rose and fell.


formal to stand up:
Then she picked up her bag and rose to leave.
rise from the table/your chair etc
The chairman rose from his chair and came forward to greet her.
He put down his glass and rose to his feet.

become successful

to become important, powerful, successful, or rich [≠ fall]
rise to prominence/fame/power
He had swiftly risen to prominence during the 1950s.
Mussolini rose to power in Italy in 1922.
people who rise to the top in their chosen professions
rise to do something
He rose to become chairman of the company.
She had joined the company as a secretary and risen through the ranks (=made progress from a low position to a high position) to become a senior sales director.

be tall

also rise up to be very tall
rise above
The cliffs rose above them.
rise from
huge rocks rising from the sea
The bridge rose majestically into the air.


a) to be loud enough to be heard
rise from
The sound of traffic rose from the street below.
rise above
Her voice rose above the shouts of the children.
b) to become louder or higher:
His voice rose in frustration.


to appear in the sky [≠ set]:
The sun rises in the east.


if a feeling or emotion rises, you feel it more and more strongly:
She could sense her temper rising again.
There was an atmosphere of rising excitement in the school.
The doctor sounded optimistic and John's hopes rose.

rise to the occasion/challenge

to deal successfully with a difficult situation or problem, especially by working harder or performing better than usual:
a young athlete who can certainly rise to the occasion
The team rose to the challenge.

against a government/army

also rise up if a large group of people rise, they try to defeat the government, army etc that is controlling them:
They rose up and overthrew the government.
rise against
The prisoners rose against the guards and escaped.
rise in revolt/rebellion
They rose in rebellion against the king.

bread/cakes etc

DFC if bread, cakes etc rise, they become bigger because there is air inside them


literary to get out of bed in the morning

alive again

MX to come alive after having died [↪ resurrection]
rise from the dead/grave
On the third day Jesus rose from the dead.


if a court or parliament rises, that particular meeting is formally finished


DN formal if the wind rises, it becomes stronger:
The wind had risen again and it was starting to rain.


SG literary if a river rises somewhere, it begins there:
The Rhine rises in Switzerland.

rise and shine

spoken used humorously to tell someone to wake up and get out of bed

rise above something

phrasal verb
if someone rises above a bad situation or bad influences, they do not let these things affect them because they are mentally strong or have strong moral principles:
You expect a certain amount of criticism, but you have to rise above it.
I try to rise above such prejudices.

rise to something

phrasal verb
if you rise to a remark, you reply to it rather than ignoring it, especially because it has made you angry:
You shouldn't rise to his comments.
He refused to rise to the bait (=react in the way someone wanted him to).

raise, rise
When raise is a verb, it must have an object. It is a fairly formal way to say 'lift something up' or 'move something up' Raise your right hand. He raised the box above his head.It is not formal when it means 'make something increase' We will have to raise our fees.When rise is a verb, it does not have an object. It is a fairly formal way to say 'move up' Smoke rose into the sky. It is also a formal way to say 'get up' or 'stand up', used mainly in literary writing He rose to greet me.It is not formal when it means 'increase' Prices are rising rapidly.In British English, raise is never a noun. Use rise He asked for a pay rise. There has been a rise in unemployment.In American English, a raise is an increase in pay She offered me a raise.See also raise

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