Definition of rise verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//raɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//raɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rise
    BrE BrE//raɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//raɪz//
    he / she / it rises
    BrE BrE//ˈraɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈraɪzɪz//
    past simple rose
    BrE BrE//rəʊz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//roʊz//
    past participle risen
    BrE BrE//ˈrɪzn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪzn//
    -ing form rising
    BrE BrE//ˈraɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈraɪzɪŋ//
    Trends, The sun and the moon
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    move upwards
  1. 1  [intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to come or go upwards; to reach a higher level or position Smoke was rising from the chimney. The river has risen (by) several metres.
  2. get up
  3. 2  [intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (formal) to get up from a lying, sitting or kneeling position synonym get up He was accustomed to rising (= getting out of bed) early. They rose from the table. She rose to her feet. Synonymsstandget up stand up rise get to your feet be on your feetThese words all mean to be in an upright position with your weight on your feet, or to put yourself in this position.stand to be in an upright position with your weight on your feet:She was too weak to stand. Stand still when I’m talking to you! Stand is usually used with an adverb or prepositional phrase to show where or how somebody stands, but sometimes another phrase or clause is used to show what somebody does while they are standing:We stood talking for a few minutes. He stood and looked out to sea.get up to get into a standing position from a sitting, kneeling or lying position:Please don’t get up!stand up to be in a standing position; to stand after sitting:Stand up straight! Everyone would stand up when the teacher entered the classroom.stand, get up or stand up?Stand usually means ‘to be in a standing position’ but can also mean ‘to get into a standing position’. Stand up can be used with either of these meanings, but its use is more restricted: it is used especially when somebody tells somebody or a group of people to stand. Get up is the most frequent way of saying ‘get into a standing position’, and this can be from a sitting, kneeling or lying position; if you stand up, this is nearly always after sitting, especially on a chair. If you want to tell somebody politely that they do not need to move from their chair, use get up:Please don’t stand up!rise (formal) to get into a standing position from a sitting, kneeling or lying position:Would you all rise, please, to welcome our visiting speaker.get to your feet to stand up after sitting, kneeling or lying:I helped her to get to her feet.be on your feet to be standing up:I’ve been on my feet all day.
  4. of sun/moon
  5. 3  [intransitive] when the sun, moon, etc. rises, it appears above the horizon The sun rises in the east. opposite set Wordfinderdaylight, eclipse, equinox, ray, rise, solar, solstice, the sun, twilight, the universe See related entries: The sun and the moon
  6. end meeting
  7. 4[intransitive] (formal) (of a group of people) to end a meeting synonym adjourn The House (= members of the House of Commons) rose at 10 p.m.
  8. increase
  9. 5  [intransitive] to increase in amount or number rising fuel bills The price of gas rose. Gas rose in price. Unemployment rose (by) 3%. Air pollution has risen above an acceptable level. Language BankincreaseDescribing an increase Student numbers in English language schools in this country increased from 66 000 in 2008 to just over 84 000 in 2009. The number of students increased by almost 30% compared with the previous year. Student numbers shot up/increased dramatically in 2009. The proportion of Spanish students rose sharply from 5% in 2008 to 14% in 2009. There was a significant rise in student numbers in 2009. The 2009 figure was 84 000, an increase of 28% on the previous year. The 2009 figure was 84 000, 28 per cent up on the previous year. As the chart shows, this can partly be explained by a dramatic increase in students from Spain. Which Word?rise / raiseVerbs Raise is a verb that must have an object and rise is used without an object. When you raise something, you lift it to a higher position or increase it:He raised his head from the pillow. We were forced to raise the price. When people or things rise, they move from a lower to a higher position:She rose from the chair. The helicopter rose into the air. Rise can also mean ‘to increase in number or quantity’:Costs are always rising.Nouns The noun rise means a movement upwards or an increase in an amount or quantity:a rise in interest rates. In British English it can also be used to mean an increase in pay:Should I ask my boss for a rise? In North American English this is a raise:a three per cent pay raise. Rise can also mean the process of becoming more powerful or important:his dramatic rise to power. See related entries: Trends
  10. become powerful/important
  11. 6  [intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to become more successful, important, powerful, etc. a rising young politician She rose to power in the 70s. He rose to the rank of general. She rose through the ranks to become managing director.
  12. of sound
  13. 7  [intransitive] if a sound rises, it becomes louder and higher Her voice rose angrily.
  14. of wind
  15. 8  [intransitive] if the wind rises, it begins to blow more strongly synonym get up The wind is rising—I think there's a storm coming.
  16. of feeling
  17. 9  [intransitive] (formal) if a feeling rises inside you, it begins and gets stronger He felt anger rising inside him. Her spirits rose (= she felt happier) at the news.
  18. of your colour
  19. 10[intransitive] (formal) if your colour rises, your face becomes pink or red with embarrassment
  20. of hair
  21. 11[intransitive] if hair rises, it stands vertical instead of lying flat The hair on the back of my neck rose when I heard the scream.
  22. fight
  23. 12  [intransitive] rise (up) (against somebody/something) (formal) to begin to fight against your ruler or government or against a foreign army synonym rebel The peasants rose in revolt. He called on the people to rise up against the invaders. related noun uprising
  24. become visible
  25. 13[intransitive] (formal) to be or become visible above the surroundings Mountains rose in the distance.
  26. of land
  27. 14  [intransitive] if land rises, it slopes upwards The ground rose steeply all around.
  28. of beginning of river
  29. 15[intransitive] + adv./prep. a river rises where it begins to flow The Thames rises in the Cotswold hills.
  30. of bread/cakes
  31. 16[intransitive] when bread, cakes, etc. rise, they swell because of the action of yeast or baking powder
  32. of dead person
  33. 17[intransitive] rise (from something) to come to life again to rise from the dead (figurative) Can a new party rise from the ashes of the old one?
  34. Word OriginOld English rīsan ‘make an attack’, ‘wake, get out of bed’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rijzen and German reisen.Extra examples Adam rose abruptly from the table. Entry standards into the profession are set to rise further. Gas rose in price. He made to rise but found his legs were not strong enough to support him. He rose early and went for a walk. He rose to his full height and leaned across the table. House prices have risen sharply in recent months. Inflation rose from 2% to 5% last year. Lush green mountains rise up behind the airport. Pensions will rise in line with inflation. She rose shakily to her feet and looked around. She rose slowly from her chair to greet us. She rose unsteadily to her feet. Smoke rose from the chimney. Somehow he managed to rise to a sitting position. Tall chimneys rise into the air. The cost of health care is rising faster than ever. Unemployment has risen by 25 000 this month. the cliffs which rise majestically from the ocean Behind the house the ground rises steeply to the north. Interest rates are expected to rise from 4.5% to 5% in the next six months. The price of gas has risen by 3%. Would you all rise, please, to welcome our visiting speaker. rising fuel bills/​divorce ratesIdioms
    draw yourself up/rise to your full height
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    to stand straight and tall in order to show your determination or high status
    somebody’s gorge rises
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    (formal) somebody feels so angry about something that they feel physically sick
    make somebody’s hackles rise, raise somebody’s hackles
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    to make somebody angry Her controversial article is bound to raise hackles.
    (old-fashioned) usually used in orders to tell somebody to get out of bed and be active
    Phrasal Verbsrise above somethingrise to something
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