- 1to not be affected or limited by problems, insults, etc. She had the courage and determination to rise above her physical disability. He had struggled hard to rise above his humble background.
- 2to be wise enough or morally good enough not to do something wrong or not to think the same as other people I try to rise above prejudice.
- 3to be of a higher standard than other things of a similar kind His work rarely rises above the mediocre.