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Definition of rise noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] rise (in something) an increase in an amount, a number, or a level The town is seeing a rise in both residential and commercial property values. Asharp rise in oil prices could disrupt the economic recovery. Insulin is used to control the rise of glucose levels in the blood. Language Bankincreasedescribing an increase The number of foreign students in the U.S. increased from 622,000 in 2009 to just over 672,000 in 2010. First-time student enrollments shot up/increased dramatically in 2010. 2010 saw a significant rise in student numbers. The number of foreign students increased by almost 8% compared with the previous year. The 2010 figure was 672,000, an increase of 8% from the previous year. The 2010 figure was 672,000, up 8%from the previous year. As the chart shows, this can partly be explained by a dramatic increase in students from China. The number of Chinese undergraduate students rose sharply from 81,000 in 2009 to 98,000 in 2010.
  2. in power/importance
  3. 2[singular] rise (of somebody/something) the act of becoming more important, successful, powerful, etc. the rise of fascism in Europe the rise and fall of the Roman Empire her meteoric rise to power
  4. upward movement
  5. 3[singular] an upward movement She watched the gentle rise and fall of his chest as he slept.
  6. sloping land
  7. 4[countable] an area of land that slopes upward synonym slope The church was built at the top of a small rise. see also high-rise
  8. Idioms
    get a rise out of somebody
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    to make someone react in an angry way by saying something that you know will annoy them, especially as a joke
    give rise to something (formal)
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    to cause something to happen or exist The novel's success gave rise to a number of sequels.
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 upward or an increase in an amount or quantity:a rise in interest rates.Rise can also mean the process of becoming more powerful or important:her dramatic rise to power.The noun raise is often used to mean an increase in pay:a three percent pay raise.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: rise