What does rise mean?

Definitions for rise
raɪz; ˈrɪz ənrise

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word rise.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. risenoun

    a growth in strength or number or importance

  2. rise, ascent, ascension, ascendingnoun

    the act of changing location in an upward direction

  3. ascent, acclivity, rise, raise, climb, upgradenoun

    an upward slope or grade (as in a road)

    "the car couldn't make it up the rise"

  4. rise, rising, ascent, ascensionnoun

    a movement upward

    "they cheered the rise of the hot-air balloon"

  5. raise, rise, wage hike, hike, wage increase, salary increasenoun

    the amount a salary is increased

    "he got a 3% raise"; "he got a wage hike"

  6. upgrade, rise, rising slopenoun

    the property possessed by a slope or surface that rises

  7. lift, risenoun

    a wave that lifts the surface of the water or ground

  8. emanation, rise, processionnoun

    (theology) the origination of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

    "the emanation of the Holy Spirit"; "the rising of the Holy Ghost"; "the doctrine of the procession of the Holy Spirit from the Father and the Son"

  9. rise, boost, hike, cost increasenoun

    an increase in cost

    "they asked for a 10% rise in rates"

  10. advance, riseverb

    increase in price or value

    "the news caused a general advance on the stock market"

  11. rise, lift, arise, move up, go up, come up, upriseverb

    move upward

    "The fog lifted"; "The smoke arose from the forest fire"; "The mist uprose from the meadows"

  12. rise, go up, climbverb

    increase in value or to a higher point

    "prices climbed steeply"; "the value of our house rose sharply last year"

  13. arise, rise, uprise, get up, stand upverb

    rise to one's feet

    "The audience got up and applauded"

  14. rise, lift, rearverb

    rise up

    "The building rose before them"

  15. surface, come up, rise up, riseverb

    come to the surface

  16. originate, arise, rise, develop, uprise, spring up, growverb

    come into existence; take on form or shape

    "A new religious movement originated in that country"; "a love that sprang up from friendship"; "the idea for the book grew out of a short story"; "An interesting phenomenon uprose"

  17. ascend, move up, riseverb

    move to a better position in life or to a better job

    "She ascended from a life of poverty to one of great

  18. wax, mount, climb, riseverb

    go up or advance

    "Sales were climbing after prices were lowered"

  19. heighten, riseverb

    become more extreme

    "The tension heightened"

  20. get up, turn out, arise, uprise, riseverb

    get up and out of bed

    "I get up at 7 A.M. every day"; "They rose early"; "He uprose at night"

  21. rise, jump, climb upverb

    rise in rank or status

    "Her new novel jumped high on the bestseller list"

  22. riseverb

    become heartened or elated

    "Her spirits rose when she heard the good news"

  23. riseverb

    exert oneself to meet a challenge

    "rise to a challenge"; "rise to the occasion"

  24. rebel, arise, rise, rise upverb

    take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance

  25. rise, proveverb

    increase in volume

    "the dough rose slowly in the warm room"

  26. rise, come up, uprise, ascendverb

    come up, of celestial bodies

    "The sun also rises"; "The sun uprising sees the dusk night fled..."; "Jupiter ascends"

  27. resurrect, rise, upriseverb

    return from the dead

    "Christ is risen!"; "The dead are to uprise"


  1. risenoun

    The action of moving upwards.

  2. risenoun

    An increase (in a quantity, price, etc); a raise.

  3. risenoun

    The amount of material extending from waist to crotch in a pair of trousers or shorts.

    The rise of his pants was so low that his tailbone was exposed.

  4. risenoun

    An increase in someone's pay rate.

    The governor just gave me a rise of 2-pounds-6.

  5. risenoun

    A small hill (chiefly place names).

  6. riseverb

    To move upwards.

    We watched the balloon rise.

  7. riseverb

    To appear to move upwards from behind the horizon of a planet as a result of the planet's rotation

    The sun was rising in the East.

  8. riseverb

    To be resurrected

  9. riseverb

    of a quantity, price, etc, To increase.

  10. riseverb

    To develop.

  11. Etymology: From risen, from risan, from rīsanan, from rei-. Cognate with risa, rijzen, risen, dialectal reisen, rísa. Related also to reisen, reizen, rejse, resa. Non Germanic cognates include Albanian rris,rrit and Russian рость. See also raise.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Risenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    In leaping with weights, the arms are first cast backwards and then forwards, with so much the greater force; for the hands go backward before they take their rise. Francis Bacon.

    Upon the candle’s going out, there is a sudden rise of water; for the flame filling no more place, the air and water succeed. Francis Bacon.

    The hill submits itself
    In small descents, which do its height beguile;
    And sometimes mounts, but so as billows play,
    Whose rise not hinders, but makes short our way. Dryden.

    Rais’d so high, from that convenient rise
    She took her flight, and quickly reach’d the skies. Thomas Creech.

    Since the arguments against them rise from common received opinions, it happens, in controversial discourses, as it does in the assaulting of towns, where, if the ground be but firm, whereon the batteries are erected, there is no farther inquiry of whom it is borrowed, so it affords but a fit rise for the present purpose. John Locke.

    Such a rise, as doth at once invite
    A pleasure, and a reverence from the sight. John Denham.

    Phœbus! stay;
    The world to which you fly so fast,
    From us to them can pay your haste
    With no such object, and salute your rise
    With no such wonder, as De Mornay’s eyes. Edmund Waller.

    Upon a breach with Spain, must be considered the present state of the king’s treasure, the rise or fall that may happen in his constant revenue by a Spanish war. William Temple.

    The bishops have had share in the gradual rise of lands. Jonathan Swift.

    It has its rise from the lazy admonitions of those who give rules, and propose examples, without joining practice with their instructions. John Locke, on Education.

    His reputation quickly peopled it, and gave rise to the republick, which calls itself after his name. Addison.

    In the ordinary rises and falls of the voice, there fall out to be two beemolls between the unison and the diapason. Francis Bacon.

  2. To RISEverb

    pret. rose; part. risen.

    Etymology: risan , Saxon; reisen, Dutch.

    I have seen her rise from her bed, and throw her nightgown upon her. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Never a wife leads a better life than she does; do what she will; go to bed when she list; rise when she list. William Shakespeare.

    As wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work, rising betimes for a prey. Job xxiv. 5.

    That is to live,
    To rest secure, and not rise up to grieve. Samuel Daniel, Civ. War.

    Thy mansion wants thee, Adam, rise. John Milton.

    True in our fall,
    False in our promis’d rising. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ix.

    They imagine
    For one forbidden tree a multitude,
    Now ris’n to work them farther woe. John Milton.

    Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall. William Shakespeare.

    If they rise not with their service, they will make their service fall with them. Francis Bacon.

    To rise i’ th’ world,
    No wise man that’s honest should expect. Thomas Otway.

    Those, that have been raised by some great minister, trample upon the steps by which they rise, to rival him. South.

    If the bright spot stay in his place, it is a rising of the burning. Lev. xiii. 21.

    The sap in old trees is not so frank as to rise all to the boughs, but tireth by the way, and putteth out moss. Francis Bacon.

    If two plane polish’d plates of a polish’d looking-glass be laid together, so that their sides be parallel, and at a very small distance from one another, and then their lower edges be dipped into water, the water will rise up between them. New.

    He maketh the sun to rise on the evil and the good. Matt. v.

    The sun rose upon him. Gen. xxxii. 31.

    He affirmeth, that Tunny is fat upon the rising of the Pleiades, and departs upon Arcturus. Thomas Browne, Vulg. Errours.

    Whether the sun
    Rise on the earth, or earth rise on the sun. John Milton.

    High winds began to rise. John Milton.

    With Vulcan’s rage the rising winds conspire,
    And near our palace rolls the flood of fire. Dryden.

    The poet must lay out all his strength, that his words may be glowing, and that every thing he describes may immediately present itself, and rise up to the reader’s view. Addison.

    He, rising with small honour from Gunza, and fearing the power of the christians, was gone. Richard Knolles.

    Indeed you thank’d me; but a nobler gratitude
    Rose in her soul; for from that hour she lov’d me. Thomas Otway.

    A thought rose in me, which often perplexes men of contemplative natures. Spectator, №. 565.

    At our heels all hell should rise,
    With blackest insurrection. John Milton.

    Numidia’s spacious kingdom lies
    Ready to rise at its young prince’s call. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    No more shall nation against nation rise,
    Nor ardent warriors meet with hateful eyes. Alexander Pope.

    Who will rise up for me against evil-doers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? Ps. xciv.

    Gather together, come against, and rise up to the battle. Jer.

    He shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low. Eccl. xii. 4.

    If any man hate his neighbour, lie in wait, and rise up against him, and smite him mortally, and fleeth into one of these cities, the elders of his city shall fetch him thence. Deut.

    A hideous gabble rises loud
    Among the builders. John Milton.

    The great duke rises on them in his demands, and will not be satisfied with less than a hundred thousand crowns, and a solemn embassy to beg pardon. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

    Bullion is risen to six shillings and five pence the ounce; i. e. that an ounce of uncoined silver will exchange for an ounce and a quarter of coined silver. John Locke.

    From such an untainted couple, we can hope to have our family rise to its ancient splendour of face, air, countenance, and shape. Tatler, №. 75.

    Your author always will the best advise,
    Fall when he falls, and when he rises, rise. Wentworth Dillon.

    After I am risen again, I will go before you. Mat. xxvi.

    The stars of morn shall see him rise
    Out of his grave. John Milton.

    As they ’gan his library to view,
    And antique registers for to avise,
    There chanced to the prince’s hand to rise
    An ancient book. Fairy Queen, b. ii.

    He bar’d an ancient oak of all her boughs;
    Then on a rising ground the trunk he plac’d,
    Which with the spoils of his dead foe he grac’d. Dryden.

    A house we saw upon a rising. Addison.

    Ash, on banks or rising grounds near rivers, will thrive exceedingly. John Mortimer, Husbandry.


  1. Rise

    Rise is a song recorded by American singer Danny Gokey for his fourth album of the same name. The song is the title track and lead single from the album. Rise became Gokey's third No. 1 song on Billboard Christian Airplay chart. According to Gokey, the song is about how he overcame depression a few years prior to the song release.


  1. rise

    Rise refers to an upward movement or increase in position, value, or level. It can also refer to the act or process of moving, going up, or ascending. Rise can also denote the emergence or appearance of a phenomenon or event.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rise

    to move from a lower position to a higher; to ascend; to mount up. Specifically: -- (a) To go upward by walking, climbing, flying, or any other voluntary motion; as, a bird rises in the air; a fish rises to the bait

  2. Rise

    to ascend or float in a fluid, as gases or vapors in air, cork in water, and the like

  3. Rise

    to move upward under the influence of a projecting force; as, a bullet rises in the air

  4. Rise

    to grow upward; to attain a certain height; as, this elm rises to the height of seventy feet

  5. Rise

    to reach a higher level by increase of quantity or bulk; to swell; as, a river rises in its bed; the mercury rises in the thermometer

  6. Rise

    to become erect; to assume an upright position; as, to rise from a chair or from a fall

  7. Rise

    to leave one's bed; to arise; as, to rise early

  8. Rise

    to tower up; to be heaved up; as, the Alps rise far above the sea

  9. Rise

    to slope upward; as, a path, a line, or surface rises in this direction

  10. Rise

    to retire; to give up a siege

  11. Rise

    to swell or puff up in the process of fermentation; to become light, as dough, and the like

  12. Rise

    to have the aspect or the effect of rising

  13. Rise

    to appear above the horizont, as the sun, moon, stars, and the like

  14. Rise

    to become apparent; to emerge into sight; to come forth; to appear; as, an eruption rises on the skin; the land rises to view to one sailing toward the shore

  15. Rise

    to become perceptible to other senses than sight; as, a noise rose on the air; odor rises from the flower

  16. Rise

    to have a beginning; to proceed; to originate; as, rivers rise in lakes or springs

  17. Rise

    to increase in size, force, or value; to proceed toward a climax

  18. Rise

    to increase in power or fury; -- said of wind or a storm, and hence, of passion

  19. Rise

    to become of higher value; to increase in price

  20. Rise

    to become larger; to swell; -- said of a boil, tumor, and the like

  21. Rise

    to increase in intensity; -- said of heat

  22. Rise

    to become louder, or higher in pitch, as the voice

  23. Rise

    to increase in amount; to enlarge; as, his expenses rose beyond his expectations

  24. Rise

    in various figurative senses

  25. Rise

    to become excited, opposed, or hostile; to go to war; to take up arms; to rebel

  26. Rise

    to attain to a better social position; to be promoted; to excel; to succeed

  27. Rise

    to become more and more dignified or forcible; to increase in interest or power; -- said of style, thought, or discourse; as, to rise in force of expression; to rise in eloquence; a story rises in interest

  28. Rise

    to come to mind; to be suggested; to occur

  29. Rise

    to come; to offer itself

  30. Rise

    to ascend from the grave; to come to life

  31. Rise

    to terminate an official sitting; to adjourn; as, the committee rose after agreeing to the report

  32. Rise

    to ascend on a musical scale; to take a higher pith; as, to rise a tone or semitone

  33. Rise

    to be lifted, or to admit of being lifted, from the imposing stone without dropping any of the type; -- said of a form

  34. Risenoun

    the act of rising, or the state of being risen

  35. Risenoun

    the distance through which anything rises; as, the rise of the thermometer was ten degrees; the rise of the river was six feet; the rise of an arch or of a step

  36. Risenoun

    land which is somewhat higher than the rest; as, the house stood on a rise of land

  37. Risenoun

    spring; source; origin; as, the rise of a stream

  38. Risenoun

    appearance above the horizon; as, the rise of the sun or of a planet

  39. Risenoun

    increase; advance; augmentation, as of price, value, rank, property, fame, and the like

  40. Risenoun

    increase of sound; a swelling of the voice

  41. Risenoun

    elevation or ascent of the voice; upward change of key; as, a rise of a tone or semitone

  42. Risenoun

    the spring of a fish to seize food (as a fly) near the surface of the water

  43. Etymology: [See Rise, v. i.]


  1. Rise

    "Rise" is a popular single by Gabrielle. It was her second number one single in the UK. The song was the title-track and second single from her third studio album. Written by Gabrielle, Ollie Dagois, Ferdy Unger-Hamilton and Bob Dylan and produced by Johnny Dollar, the song reached number one on the UK singles chart for two weeks in January 2000. The song has sold 460,000 copies in the UK as stated by the Official UK Charts Company. The song was the 8th best selling of 2000 in the UK. "Rise" is notable for a rare authorised use of a Bob Dylan sample. It takes extensively from his 1973 song "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", which was produced for the soundtrack of Sam Peckinpah film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, and Dylan liked the song so much that he allowed Gabrielle to use the sample for free. The song has been covered by Jamaican singer Mr. Vegas.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rise

    rīz, v.i. to move from a lower to a higher position: to stand up: to ascend: to grow upward: to swell in quantity or extent: to take an upright position: to leave the place of rest: to tower up: to appear above the horizon: to break forth: to appear: to have its source: to increase in size, value, &c.: to become excited or hostile: to break forth into commotion or insurrection: to increase in rank, fortune, or fame: to be promoted: to be perceptible to other senses: to excavate upward: to come to mind: to close a session: (B.) to ascend from the grave:—pa.t. rōse; pa.p. risen (riz′n).n. act of rising: ascent: degree of elevation: a steep: origin: increase: (archit.) the upright piece of a step from tread to tread: (mining) a shaft excavated from below: (mus.) elevation of the voice.—n. Rī′ser, a rebel: one who, or that which, rises.—Rise from the ranks, to win a commission; Rise to the occasion, to be equal to an emergency.—Take a rise out of, to take the conceit out of a person by making him ridiculous. [A.S. rísan; Ice. rísa, Goth. reisan, Ger. reisen.]

  2. Rise

    rīs, n. a twig, a small bush.—ns. Rise′bush, a faggot; Rī′sel, a support for a climbing vine; Rise′-wood, small wood cut for hedging. [A.S. hrís; Ger. reis.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. rise

    In a military sense, is to make hostile attack; as, the soldiers rose against their officers. It also means to obtain promotion. To rise from the ranks, is to obtain a commission by degrees, after having been in the ranks as a private soldier.

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  1. rise

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  2. RISE

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  3. Rise

    Raise vs. Rise -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Raise and Rise.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. RISE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Rise is ranked #41359 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Rise surname appeared 526 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Rise.

    88.5% or 466 total occurrences were White.
    7% or 37 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 14 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rise' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1421

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rise' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2636

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rise' in Nouns Frequency: #591

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rise' in Verbs Frequency: #147

Anagrams for rise »

  1. sier

  2. seri

  3. reis

  4. sire

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rise in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of rise in a Sentence

  1. Simon MacAdam:

    While the latest data show that the recovery in the US is being supercharged by a combination of fiscal stimulus and relaxation of restrictions, for much of the rest of the world, vaccine setbacks and worsening virus outbreaks will delay economic recoveries, the surge in virus cases in India has grabbed attention in recent weeks, but infections are on the rise in most parts of the world, especially in emerging economies.

  2. State Ken Blackwell:

    You don’t become the governor of a state, and you don’t rise to leadership positions in Congress, without having a definitive and strong personality -- they are both smart guys and they understand what it means to be number two.

  3. Neil Saunders:

    The board [ of Victoria's Secret ] will need to be careful in charting a new course that resonates with consumers and addresses new competitive challenges such as the rise of rival brands like Aerie.

  4. Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia:

    have been reading the Bible a good deal lately, and if we believe in the sublime sacrifice of God the Father in sending His Son to die and rise again for us, we shall feel the Holy Spirit lighting our way, and our joy will become eternal, even if our poor human hearts and earthly minds pass through moments which seem terrible.

  5. Senator Hontiveros:

    Women must vigilantly protect our rights and freedoms especially amid the rise of authoritarianism and religious fundamentalism in many countries across the globe, i fully support the push to decriminalize abortion under Philippine laws.

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  • يبزغ, نهض, يشرق, ارتفعArabic
  • pujarCatalan, Valencian
  • zvedat se, vyjít, stoupat, stoupáníCzech
  • codi, esgynWelsh
  • stigeDanish
  • auferstehen, aufsteigen, aufstehen, zunehmen, aufgehen, steigen, Ansteigen, Aufstieg, Aufgang, Zunahme, AnstiegGerman
  • αναδύομαιGreek
  • leviĝiEsperanto
  • incrementar, resucitar, levantarse, salir, aumentar, aumento, subida, alza, incremento, subirSpanish
  • برخیزیدن, رستاخیز شدن, افزودن, برخاستن, خیزش, افزایشPersian
  • kasvaa, nousta, kohota, kohottautua, nouseminen, nousu, kohoaminenFinnish
  • ressusciter, monter, se lever, montéeFrench
  • éirighIrish
  • èirichScottish Gaelic
  • עלהHebrew
  • वृद्धिHindi
  • leveHaitian Creole
  • bangkitIndonesian
  • salire, sorgereItalian
  • לעלותHebrew
  • 復活, 上昇, 昇る, あがるJapanese
  • ಏರಿಕೆKannada
  • هه‌ڵسان, به‌رز بوونKurdish
  • surgo, orior, ascendo, argo, resurgemusLatin
  • kiltiLithuanian
  • aust, celtLatvian
  • matike, matika, whakapukeMāori
  • opstaan, opkomen, rijzen, opstijgen, stijgen, toenemen, vermeerderen, oprijzenDutch
  • risa, stigeNorwegian
  • podnieść się, wschodzić, unieść sięPolish
  • aumentar, [[erguer]]-[[se]], ascender, subir, ressurgir, levantar, aumento, subidaPortuguese
  • răsăriRomanian
  • вырасти, подняться, восстать, воскреснуть, возрасти, взойти, встать, воскресать, подниматься, возрастать, всходить, вставать, расти, восставать, возрастание, подъём, ростRussian
  • stiga, gå uppSwedish
  • ขึ้น, สูงขึ้น, เพิ่มThai
  • yükselmekTurkish
  • 上升Chinese

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