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Definition of rise verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rise
    he / she / it rises
    past simple rose
    past participle risen
    -ing form rising
    jump to other results
    move upward
  1. 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to come or go upward; to reach a higher level or position Smoke was rising from the chimney. The river has risen (by) several feet.
  2. get up
  3. 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (formal) to get up from a lying, sitting, or kneeling position He was accustomed to rising (= getting out of bed) early. They rose from the table. She rose to her feet. Thesaurusstandget 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 while the x-ray is being taken. Stand is usually used with an adverb or prepositional phrase to show where or how someone stands, but sometimes another phrase or clause is used to show what someone does while they are standing:We stood talking for a few minutes. He stood and gazed out the window.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 stood 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 someone tells someone 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 someone 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 sing the national anthem.get to your feet to stand up after sitting, kneeling, or lying:I helped her to get to her 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
  6. increase
  7. 4[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 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.
  8. become powerful/important
  9. 5[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to become more successful, important, powerful, etc. a rising young politician She rose to power in the 1970s. He rose to the rank of general. She rose through the ranks to become managing director.
  10. of sound
  11. 6[intransitive] if a sound rises, it become louder and higher Her voice rose angrily.
  12. of wind
  13. 7[intransitive] if the wind rises, it begins to blow more strongly The wind is rising—I think there's a storm coming.
  14. of feeling
  15. 8[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.
  16. of your color
  17. 9[intransitive] (formal) if your color rises, your face becomes pink or red with embarrassment
  18. of hair
  19. 10[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.
  20. fight
  21. 11[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
  22. become visible
  23. 12[intransitive] (formal) to be or become visible above the surroundings Mountains rose in the distance.
  24. of land
  25. 13[intransitive] if land rises, it slopes upward The ground rose steeply all around.
  26. of beginning of river
  27. 14[intransitive] + adv./prep. a river rises where it begins to flow The Mississippi rises in Lake Itasca in Minnesota.
  28. of bread/cakes
  29. 15[intransitive] when bread, cakes, etc. rise, they swell because of the action of yeast or baking powder
  30. of dead person
  31. 16[intransitive] rise (from something) to come to life again to rise from the dead (figurative) Can a new political movement rise from the ashes of an old one?
  32. Idioms
    draw yourself up/rise to your full height
    jump to other results
    to stand straight and tall in order to show your determination or high status
    somebody's gorge rises (formal)
    jump to other results
    someone feels so angry about something that they feel physically sick
    somebody's hackles rise
    jump to other results
    to become angry Ben felt his hackles rise as the speaker continued.
    rise and shine (old-fashioned)
    jump to other results
    usually used to tell someone to get out of bed and be active
    Phrasal Verbsrise above somethingrise to something
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.
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