Definition of rising in English:



  • 1Going up, increasing, or sloping upward.

    ‘the rising temperature’
    ‘rising ground’
    • ‘However, already irritated by the heat, there is only rising tension between the people in the room, particularly between Tom and Jay.’
    • ‘The costs associated with risk were stunningly apparent to the young girl, as curious people wandering out to the beach were swept away by the rising tide.’
    • ‘Desperate digging against the rising water level managed to salvage a tiny fraction of its priceless mosaics, now displayed in Gaziantep museum.’
    • ‘Mason was yelling louder than before now, he must have realized the danger of the rising water level as the river became more ferocious.’
    • ‘The rising waters can also displace poisonous snakes and make mosquito populations explode.’
    • ‘Panting, he placed his hand on his rising chest.’
    • ‘The soldier's gleaming sword shone in the rising sun.’
    • ‘The French guy beside me has covered himself with a blanket to block out the rising sun.’
    • ‘He raised the issue of climate change, including rising temperatures, as a result of the destruction of forests.’
    • ‘Her face was flushed from both the wine her and rising temper.’
    • ‘The bright rays of the rising sun filtered through a stained glass window at the room's far end, revealing the large amounts of dust which drifted about.’
    • ‘Elea paused, shading her eyes against the rising sun.’
    • ‘My army appeared upon the hill with the rising sun.’
    • ‘The rising sea level will only be partly offset by geological changes in the crust of the earth, which are pushing up parts of the island's land mass.’
    • ‘As the rate of rising sea level gradually slowed, rivers began to build deltas from retreating shorelines into the encroaching seas.’
    • ‘Alas, they're in serious trouble, threatened by everything from ship traffic to rising sea temperatures.’
    • ‘Leaning both hands on the table, Olivia takes a deep breath to control her rising temper.’
    • ‘Despite the rising temperature in the room, Nicholas's arm never left her waist as he guided her through the crowd of people.’
    • ‘Both turned their attention back to the rising sun.’
    1. 1.1 Advancing to maturity or high standing.
      ‘the rising generation of American writers’
      • ‘We need particularly to enhance our membership among the rising generation of members - those under age 40.’
      • ‘They seek to define the rising generation of artists, who, it is presumed, will shape the next chapter in contemporary art.’
      • ‘There's a rising generation of playwrights who have been very fortunate to teach and who are starting to have impact.’
    2. 1.2 Approaching (a specified age)
      ‘the rising fives on the verge of school’
      • ‘Enter Lutz, who, as vice president of new enterprises, had been pegged as a rising star at General Mills.’
      • ‘It began freshman year of high school, and now, they are beginning their rising senior summer.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the rising star's name seems to be attached to every comedy project in Hollywood involving a young woman.’
      • ‘And they've fielded their share of rising stars over the years.’
      • ‘Elizabeth was the new rising star in Hollywood.’
      • ‘By this time, he was a budding boxer and a rising street icon, a ghetto celeb feared throughout Queens, in control of a crack house and the main drug-selling strip.’
      • ‘A lot of people see him as a real rising star, there.’
    3. 1.3Astrology (of a sign) ascendant.
  • 2Heraldry
    postpositive (of a bird) depicted with the wings open but not fully displayed, as if preparing for flight.

    emerging, emergent, arising, sunrise, dawning, beginning
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  • An armed protest against authority; a revolt.

    ‘the Warsaw rising of 1944’
    ‘the reforms led to peasant risings’
    • ‘A famine in that year caused further risings by the peasants against the communists.’
    • ‘The risings were brutally suppressed, with massive military reinforcements from England’
    • ‘In 1905 itself it was not so much the urban disorders as the peasant risings which most alarmed the government.’
    • ‘In the spring of 1648 a series of uncoordinated risings heralded the second civil war.’
    • ‘A combination of bad timing, bad weather, betrayal and confusion led to the defeat of the rising.’
    • ‘Both risings were put down later in the summer, the royal forces being augmented by foreign mercenaries gathered for war against the Scots.’
    • ‘Jacobite risings took place in 1715 and 1745, though both were defeated.’
    rebellion, revolution, insurrection, mutiny, uprising, riot, rioting, insurgence, insurgency, coup, overthrow, seizure of power, regime change, subversion, sedition, anarchy, disorder, protest, strike, act of resistance, act of defiance
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