Definition of rise in US English:



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  • 1Move from a lower position to a higher one; come or go up.

    ‘the tiny aircraft rose from the ground’
    • ‘A plume of black and grey smoke was slowly rising into the air.’
    • ‘He saw a great cloud of black smoke rising up into the morning air.’
    • ‘Your hands continue to rise, now tracing my hairline.’
    • ‘He was still tensed, ready to move, his chest rising and falling with each breath.’
    • ‘She turned, and saw just a stream of bubbles rising where he had been.’
    • ‘The ship had risen off of the ground now and was moving forward, out of the hangar.’
    • ‘Apart from the occasional hissing jet of steam rising up into the morning air and smoke and flame from several burning vehicles, the world was completely still.’
    • ‘Mists rose silently in sheets from the dewy ground before them, adding to the fog that already hung in blankets around the trekking army.’
    • ‘Then the vehicle suddenly moved and began to rise vertically.’
    • ‘She didn't see the mist starting to rise from the ground.’
    • ‘His brows rose, and he moved to touch my leg, but I slapped him.’
    • ‘Small flames were beginning to rise, and she moved in towards the fire.’
    • ‘Here is just an endless succession of long boring tasks, and then there's the heat and the clouds of flies that rise from the river and make everything twice as hard.’
    • ‘A faint curl of smoke rose at his feet, the remains of the fire that had died down late into the night.’
    • ‘A flock of birds rose from the green mist and took to the air.’
    • ‘The breakfast hall floor has large slabs of Devon stone, sections of which had risen up because of water damage.’
    • ‘The dogs which but a short while ago had been barking and howling were silent, and a thick, damp mist was rising up from the hollow.’
    • ‘The mist started rise higher into the sky and the surroundings became clearer.’
    • ‘Thin mist was rising into the air every time she panted.’
    1. 1.1 (of the sun, moon, or another celestial body) appear above the horizon.
      ‘the sun had just risen’
      • ‘Her eyes watched the stars dance as the full moon rose over the horizon.’
      • ‘The moon was rising and the sun setting when she first glimpsed what she assumed was the oasis.’
      • ‘The hot sun had risen, and the sand was burning his body.’
      • ‘The sun was rising and the clouds looked beautiful.’
      • ‘The full moon rose just after the sun went down, its shimmering reflection laying a carpet for me to sail on.’
      • ‘The sky began to darken even as the sun was rising.’
      • ‘The sun had risen above the horizon, and threw a faint light over the mountains.’
      • ‘She looked out of her window to see the sun rising.’
      • ‘She stepped out of the tower, just as the sun was rising.’
      • ‘As I nestle into my bedroll and blanket, I gaze up at the sky and see that a couple of stars have come out and also a gibbous moon has risen in the north.’
      • ‘The sun had finally risen above the horizon, lighting up her path.’
      • ‘If the whole population was wiped out by Asian bird flu tomorrow, the sun would still rise; it is part of the external physical world.’
      • ‘They woke early in the morning when the sun had not risen above the mountains, and the moon was still visible.’
      • ‘On the third day Amanda woke as the sun was rising.’
      • ‘A waxing crescent moon rose in the eastern sky over the sleeping village.’
      • ‘The sun had just risen above the mountains, and the trees swayed in the gentle breeze.’
      • ‘By the time we were done talking, the sun was rising.’
      • ‘The suns rose bright over the treetops, bathing them in a soft golden glow.’
      • ‘Here, or further along the coast when on his way by ship from Lima to Panama, Masefield might have seen the sun rising over the mountains.’
      • ‘We reached the beach just as the sun was rising over the horizon in the east.’
      move up, move upwards, come up, go up, make its way up, make one's way up, arise, ascend, climb, climb up, mount, soar
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    2. 1.2 (of a fish) come to the surface of water.
      ‘a fish rose and was hooked and landed’
      • ‘Like the shark rising from the briny deep, the challenges of change management have risen to the surface.’
      • ‘It is still too early, I think in mock amusement, the fish haven't risen yet.’
      come to the surface, come to the top, come up
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    3. 1.3 Reach a higher position in society or one's profession.
      ‘the officer was a man of great courage who had risen from the ranks’
      • ‘Despite resistance at grass roots level, Blair rose within the Labour Party and by the end of the 1980s he was viewed as a future leader of the party.’
      • ‘During more than 20 years in the profession, he had risen to the post of deputy head at a school in the north of England and was happy with his workload and responsibilities.’
      • ‘Despite this he has risen to a position of great responsibility, and has gained the trust of the Emperor himself.’
      • ‘Allan is clearly a spineless kind of fellow - a philanthropic friend to the poor but lacking drive and the ability to rise in his profession.’
      • ‘He will rise in society and throw off his base origins.’
      • ‘He rose rapidly through the administrative ranks of the Third Republic.’
      • ‘They would be looked down upon by others who rose in the society to be successful individuals.’
      • ‘Women have also risen to senior levels in the civil service but have so far failed to secure a role in politics.’
      • ‘He had risen from a humble family to be the most powerful leader in Japan.’
      • ‘The hero rises into a position of respect and often power relative to his original community, and he always gets the girl.’
      • ‘I have not risen to this position through blind luck.’
      • ‘His great-grandfather had risen to the position of Inspector General of Artillery under Napoleon.’
      • ‘This will leave technical staff unable to rise beyond a certain position in their company unless they get a business degree.’
      make progress, make headway, make strides, forge ahead, come on, climb, advance, get on, make one's way, work one's way, be promoted
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    4. 1.4rise above Succeed in not being limited or constrained by (a restrictive environment or situation)
      ‘he struggled to rise above his humble background’
      • ‘Another way the movie tries to rise above its own dry plot is to stay fairly fast-paced.’
      • ‘Back then, he struggled to rise above racial issues and stereotypes that suggested that a black man couldn't or shouldn't succeed in that field.’
      • ‘Yet her spirit remained strong and, so long as she could continue her painting, Frida frequently rose above her predicament to triumph against adversity - living as colourful a life as many of her paintings.’
      • ‘In its general aspect, modularity is the process whereby concretely given individuals struggle to rise above their own limits by means of a script of self-fashioning drawn from the media.’
      • ‘Whether we long for romance, escape from poverty, or recognition of our inherent worth, we all find something in common with the girl who rose above oppression and obscurity to become a princess.’
      • ‘Too many of the jokes seem obvious and over-used, while most (if not all) of the characters struggle to rise above the cliches foisted upon them.’
      • ‘By no means is it an original movie, but it is a well constructed one that often rises above its stupendous flaws and contradictions.’
      • ‘As such, his film may feel like a television movie at times, but it's power is such that it rises above any budget constraints.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the film rises above the small problems.’
      • ‘She has an air of American pragmatism that complements her relentless determination to succeed and rise above her class.’
      • ‘The pain was something he had to endure, that he had to rise above.’
      • ‘They almost carry the film through themselves, rising above the overly preachy, unsubtle material.’
      survive, come through, get through, ride out, live through, pull through, come through unscathed, outlast, outlive
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    5. 1.5rise above Be superior to.
      ‘I try to rise above prejudice’
      • ‘It rises above the hazy mist of its nostalgic premise with sharp writing, complex and unpredictable characterizations, and a dry, witty sense of humor.’
      • ‘I had such low expectations that the film rose above my assumptions of banality.’
      • ‘Yes, that's a lot of boilerplate sitcom zaniness, but the show frequently rises above the usual humdrum with sharp writing and great character work.’
      • ‘Eventually this band rises above such comparisons and dismissals and takes on its own shape.’
      • ‘There are times when this doesn't rise above the level of superior student production, particularly in the awkward doubling and some of the crowd scenes.’
      • ‘However, it spends too much time mocking the films that it claims to be above without ever actually rising above them, and that is a disappointment.’
      • ‘Why was this bad-tempered, miserly, sleepless bachelor so capable of rising above both religious and scientific prejudices, with practical and theoretical insights that are still valuable today?’
      • ‘The author concludes that many economists of great stature from both the neoclassical and institutionalist schools were not able to rise above the leading prejudices of their day.’
      • ‘His mockery of bourgeois values and high society, both of which he rose above through personality and style, illuminated the dandy's appeal to Depression-era audiences.’
      • ‘But too much of the album sounds overly familiar, and seldom rises above the norm.’
      • ‘Elgar's Sea Pictures seldom rise above the fustian level of their poetic texts, and among the six Chausson items only two or three were memorable.’
      • ‘What is the difference between revolution and murder and how can you rise above apathy in a world where there is nothing left to believe in?’
      • ‘This was part of the most sickening aspect of Irish-American life in those days: the assumption that if you rose above an acceptable level of mediocrity, you were guilty of the sin of pride.’
      • ‘Good writing, of course, is able to rise above literal, biographical material.’
      • ‘The relationship between Peters and his controller rarely rises above mutual contempt.’
      • ‘Wilson remained essentially a southern Democrat, not rising above the prejudices of the day.’
      • ‘He rose above that controversy while his colleagues at Cambridge University were divided into hostile camps.’
      • ‘The depiction of rural life generally is crass and seldom rises above the level of caricature.’
      • ‘The film also rises above the rest because it sports an above average cast.’
      • ‘I concede that the score by the young and promising composer seldom rises above the serviceable.’
      overcome, get the better of, control, get control of, master, gain mastery over, get a grip on, deal with, cope with, surmount, rise above, get over
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  • 2Get up from lying, sitting, or kneeling.

    ‘she pushed back her chair and rose’
    • ‘Fussing with her hair, Gwendolyn rose from the couch and gave a wobbly curtsy.’
    • ‘Eugénie and Lise Anne have just risen from their dinner.’
    • ‘When no answer came, Beth rose from her chair and went to kneel beside his.’
    • ‘Clara relaxed and smiled at Adam who had risen from the table.’
    • ‘He rose from the chair, leaving Miss King weeping.’
    • ‘She paused and looked back as the two men rose and stood beside the table.’
    • ‘Greg noticed that Sam's father had risen from his seat and headed upstairs.’
    • ‘Giles rose and moved to sit on the edge of the coffee table.’
    • ‘Dave nodded, but seemed distracted by something else, for Christopher had risen from his meditation suddenly, and he was coming out.’
    • ‘He rose and stood impassively, gazing over her right shoulder.’
    • ‘My brother sighed heavily and ran a hand through his hair before slowly rising from the floor.’
    • ‘She clapped her hands together as she rose from her chair.’
    • ‘A leaf fell onto her hair as Alex rose slowly to his feet.’
    • ‘Giving a deep sigh, she rose from the chair and walked into the sitting room.’
    • ‘We rose by degrees, in ones and twos, horror in every gaze.’
    • ‘When Baker grabbed Daisy's necklace, John rose from his chair.’
    • ‘When she saw me, she rose from her chair and put her hand to her chest.’
    • ‘The other four had risen from the table and joined her at the door.’
    • ‘She rose and moved to gather the bottle of whiskey from the stool near the door.’
    • ‘Brushing his hair back slowly she rose and walked from the room.’
    stand up, get to one's feet, rise to one's feet, get up, jump up, leap up, spring up
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    1. 2.1 Get out of bed, especially in the morning.
      ‘I rose and got dressed’
      • ‘Jane rises early the next morning, and on her way downstairs, comes upon Grace Poole sewing rings on the curtains in Mr. Rochester's room.’
      • ‘This morning Jean had risen before dawn, feeling refreshed.’
      • ‘Driving back to Galway, the family can rise early on Sunday morning and take a boat trip to the Aran Islands.’
      • ‘Of course, alcohol was not in short supply and I suppose that may also have contributed to my inability to rise on Sunday morning.’
      • ‘The two sisters rose at the same hour, dressed in the same manner, and entered their sitting room at the same moment.’
      • ‘I really was tired, and if I had to rise early the next morning, I wanted to be well rested.’
      • ‘She rose early one morning, determined to make it up to Emmy.’
      • ‘Saturday came around, and we were in Hyde Park early in the morning, rising earlier than the city's postmen and milkmen.’
      • ‘Ted rose early the next morning and took a taxi to the Museo Nazionale, cool, echoey, empty of tourists despite the fact that it was summer.’
      • ‘I left early the next morning before anyone had risen.’
      • ‘The next morning, I rose at what I thought was an early hour, nearly 5 o'clock, but Meredith was already up.’
      • ‘Vanessa was strictly a night-owl; slow to rise in the morning and able to party all night.’
      • ‘The next morning they will rise early and head into Stockholm.’
      • ‘Lee rose at 0600, and pulled on a pair of sweats, and a T-shirt for his morning run on the beach.’
      • ‘They rose early the next morning, and Rhia sensed that the soldiers seemed well-rested and eager to resume their journey.’
      • ‘The next morning, Jane rises early and surveys the long hallways of the house; everything is very stately and imposing, dark and heavy.’
      • ‘In the mornings they would rise early so they could ride rented bicycles on the boardwalk.’
      • ‘He rose early in the morning, most of the time about four, and was unable to return till around eleven at night.’
      • ‘The next morning, Gil rose early, shaved quickly and rode away before the rest of the camp began to stir.’
      • ‘The next day was Friday, and I rose at my usual early hour.’
      get up, get out of bed, rouse oneself, stir, bestir oneself, be up and about
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    2. 2.2British (of a meeting or a session of a court) adjourn.
      ‘the judge's remark heralded the signal for the court to rise’
      • ‘Before the Dail and Seanad rose for the summer recess, Dempsey formulated a series of proposals for the reform of the Oireachtas.’
      • ‘The courts sit from 11 am to 1pm, then rise for lunch and sit again from 2pm to 4pm.’
      • ‘There was, therefore, considerable disappointment that when the Dail rose for the summer recess nothing had been done.’
      adjourn, recess, be suspended, suspend proceedings, pause, break off, take a break
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    3. 2.3 Be restored to life.
      ‘your sister has risen from the dead’
      ‘he would rise again from the dead on the third day’
      • ‘The angel told the friends that Jesus had risen from the dead!’
      • ‘Can you tell me anything about this supposed folklore hero that's risen from the dead to lead them to independence?’
      • ‘The Virgin has risen from her tomb, from which lilies and roses now blossom.’
      • ‘He died on the cross and is said to have risen from the dead three days later.’
      • ‘An angel reported that Jesus had risen from the dead.’
      • ‘We were all startled by the transformation, as if a man had risen from the dead.’
      come back to life, be raised from the dead, come back from the dead, be resurrected, be restored to life, revive, be revived
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  • 3Cease to be submissive, obedient, or peaceful.

    ‘the activists urged militant factions to rise up’
    • ‘She asks for everyone to rise up against this evil.’
    • ‘Once he is there, Eugene will announce himself to be a fraud, Napoleon will declare himself, and the people will rise up for their emperor.’
    • ‘The children eventually rise up against their tormentors.’
    • ‘You can rise up and destroy the ones who took away what you love.’
    • ‘Part of me would like to believe that things like this will strike a chord within us all, making us rise up and say ‘NO, we will not have it!’’
    • ‘He proclaimed himself King, calling for Scotland to rise up to his banner and help him reclaim the old bloodline.’
    • ‘And now 11 years later, that is where he remains to this very day, plotting to rise up and take the throne.’
    • ‘Some say, if that's the case, why don't they rise up and overthrow the government themselves?’
    • ‘She paused momentarily as if she was going to add her opinion, but in the end, decided not to rise up against the authority of the principal.’
    • ‘Their father, who was determined to overthrow the queen, was influencing the eldest daughter, trying to get her to rise up against her mother.’
    • ‘Future generations will have to find some other way to rise up against their parents.’
    rebel, revolt, mutiny, riot, rise up, rise up in arms, take up arms, mount a rebellion, stage a rebellion, take to the streets
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    1. 3.1rise to Find the strength or ability to respond adequately to (a challenging situation)
      ‘many participants in the race had never sailed before, but they rose to the challenge’
      • ‘There have been times when we have been amazed when a student rose to meet a challenge.’
      • ‘For my firm, rising to the challenge has required implementing procedures not necessary for smaller homes.’
      • ‘The men whose lives are celebrated in this enlightening book had their moment and rose to its challenge superbly.’
      • ‘Interestingly, other companies are also rising to the challenge.’
      • ‘She rises to the formidable challenge of bringing together her three very different, marginalized figures for thoughtful comparisons and synthesis.’
      • ‘Having said that, these kids are rising to the challenge.’
      • ‘Policy makers, business and even users will have to find ways to rise to a number of challenges.’
      • ‘Indeed, he seems to bring out their best, challenging them to rise to the high watermark he has set.’
      • ‘While the campaign is just beginning, some students are rising to the challenge.’
      • ‘However, American processors seem to be rising to the challenge.’
      • ‘Here the artist rises to the challenge of equaling in visual terms the musicians' balance between skillful technique, extreme discipline and spontaneous emotional inflection.’
      • ‘We are providing the opportunity to supply the fibre and they are rising to the challenge with detailed business plans.’
      • ‘Knowing that she was being baited, she couldn't help but rise to the challenge anyway.’
      • ‘He was impressed by how families rose to the challenge in different ways.’
      • ‘It shouldn't work, but it does; Lynn rises to the challenge, fighting back without losing her cool, owning a song that doesn't even play to her strengths.’
      • ‘The Victorians rose to this challenge with a characteristic determination that seems daunting to us today.’
      • ‘I can imagine another future, though - one in which individual and collective responsibility rises to the challenge.’
      • ‘Can we rise to the challenge of cleaning up the world's oceans and protecting marine biodiversity?’
      • ‘It paid off in spades, and I am grateful to them both for rising to such a huge challenge.’
      • ‘They all deserve credit, however, for rising to the show's challenges.’
    2. 3.2rise to (of a person) react with annoyance or argument to (provocation)
      ‘he didn't rise to my teasing’
      react to, respond to, take
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  • 4(of a river) have its source.

    ‘the Euphrates rises in Turkey’
    • ‘The longest river in the country is the Medjerda, which rises in Algeria and flows through Tunisia to the sea.’
    • ‘The Mejerda River, which rises in Algeria, drains into the Gulf of Tunis.’
    originate, begin, start, emerge, appear
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    1. 4.1 (of a wind) start to blow or to blow more strongly.
      ‘the wind continued to rise’
      • ‘Niall swept his hands in front of them, and a strong wind immediately rose.’
      • ‘A cool wind was rising, causing the leaves to whisper against each other, their glossy darkness shimmering.’
      • ‘The wind had risen and was slowly dragging the boat along.’
      • ‘He shook a tear from his eye as a wind began to rise and dust began to blow at a dangerous rate.’
      • ‘Tristan abruptly backs away, the wind rising and stinging his face.’
      • ‘The wind was rising in the darkening sky, viciously whipping up the sea around the ship.’
      • ‘A strong voice rang out, easily audible even though the wind had risen momentarily.’
      • ‘Within time high winds rose roughening the waves to a height of up ten feet and more.’
      • ‘The winds began to rise around Elisa, making her clothes billow and tossing her hair back.’
      • ‘Over the ruins of the castle rose an unearthly wind, carrying with it an inhuman wail.’
      • ‘He moved his hand in front of him, a strong wind rising around him.’
      • ‘The wind had risen, the ropes cracking and straining even louder as the sails filled to capacity.’
      • ‘Richly embroidered silks surrounded the man, whipped about in the strong gusts of wind that seemed to rise from the canyon.’
      • ‘I will sleep, I think; for the sheets of shimmering water are growing dark and angry, and the wind is rising.’
  • 5(of land or a feature following the contours of the land) incline upward; become higher.

    ‘the moorlands rise and fall in gentle folds’
    • ‘Some 1000m directly below me ran a river along the bottom of the valley and the mountains rose from there around me.’
    • ‘Far into the distance behind her were hills, and in front of her was a lake with mountains rising behind it.’
    • ‘The land began to rise higher and higher, and I saw that in the very center, was a black spire.’
    • ‘The land rises gradually to the north and does not reach an altitude of more than 3,000 feet.’
    • ‘The Coast Mountains rise steeply from the fjords and channels on the coast, and glaciers are found at higher elevations.’
    • ‘The curving paths and ramps conjure up images of a Tuscany landscape as they rise towards the visitors center.’
    • ‘That afternoon the land began to rise again, and the Cæsar's Road began to show more ruts.’
    • ‘Flat alluvial fields rise up from the river to meet undulating slopes and escarpments that have been in cultivation since the sixteenth century.’
    • ‘From the duns, the terrain rises steadily toward the main ranges of the Himalayas.’
    • ‘From the edges of the valley, the land rises abruptly in steep high buttes.’
    • ‘The land rises progressively toward the south.’
    • ‘The land rises abruptly to highland ridges with mountain summits as high as 3000 feet.’
    • ‘Up from Baikal's shore, mountains rise sharply for a vertical mile, towering high as the canyon rim above the Colorado River.’
    • ‘The very top roof of the main structure rose in a steep slope to be cut off into a flat, even, rectangular-shaped roof.’
    • ‘In the Kurdish Country of the northeast, the land rises steeply into the Zagros Mountains.’
    • ‘To the north, the street gently rises up the slope; the southern one is a level and pedestrianized path.’
    • ‘Siegendorf is a small village in Burgenland about forty miles south of Vienna where the great Hungarian plain rises up to meet the foothills of the Alps.’
    • ‘The ground rises in hills on all sides, so that every spot is a sheltered nook.’
    • ‘On the other side of the river the mountains rose steeply again, and the road vanished into the wood immediately on the other side.’
    slope upwards, slant upwards, go uphill, incline, climb, get higher
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    1. 5.1 (of a building, mountain, or other high object or structure) be much taller than the surrounding landscape.
      ‘the cliff rose more than a hundred feet above us’
      • ‘The film, in color, opens with a view from above of waves breaking on a beach; a distant mountain rises out of the mist.’
      • ‘Thirty grayish white pillars surrounding the building rose so high that I couldn't help but wonder if they'd used magic to set them up.’
      • ‘Barely a thousand feet high, it rose dramatically from the surrounding landscape.’
      • ‘There were far fewer buildings on this side of the stream, save for a small courthouse-like building with a tall stone tower rising from its gables.’
      • ‘In daily use for more than 300 years, the landmark rises from the churchyard in Allouville-Bellefosse.’
      • ‘In the distance to one side, the dark forms of mountains rose upwards.’
      • ‘Steep cliffs rose on either side of the gorge, which was spanned by a suspension bridge.’
      • ‘The military structures of the base rose up all around them, shrouded in the green mists.’
      • ‘The view is not of the standard Chicago skyline in which gleaming skyscrapers rise like the Emerald City from the glassy expanse of Lake Michigan.’
      • ‘On the left side there was a steep drop as the dam rose at least a few hundred feet up into the sky.’
      • ‘I realized that we were at a cliff that rose hundreds of feet high.’
      • ‘The battered masonry walls rise dramatically from the landscape.’
      • ‘The twin volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, each rise well over 13,600 feet on an island 80 miles wide.’
      • ‘Before them, a great structure of green stone rose seamlessly from a basin of grass.’
      • ‘The cliff walls rose several hundred feet above the floor of the pass.’
      • ‘At the center of the room was a raised platform, a tower like structure that rose about 20 feet into the air.’
      loom, tower, soar, rise up, rear, rear up, stand high, reach high
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    2. 5.2 (of someone's hair) stand on end.
      ‘he felt the hairs rise on the back of his neck’
      • ‘Immediately, the boy stiffened, the hair on his arms rising.’
      • ‘A tingling sensation on the back of Jonathan's neck caused the hairs to rise in excitement.’
      • ‘His eyes narrowed and she felt hair rising on the back of her neck.’
      • ‘She heard something else that made the hairs on her arms rise: the sound of a laugh.’
      • ‘Fear prickled at the nape of her neck as the hairs there rose.’
      • ‘The lights dimmed and Chuck felt his hair rising.’
      • ‘I felt the hairs rise on the back of my neck as he hesitantly brought his arms to embrace my figure, supporting my body as he returned the kiss.’
      • ‘She felt all her hairs rising as she continued to stare at the static of the television and listen to its noise.’
      • ‘The sound of that name made hairs rise on the back of my neck.’
      • ‘The hairs on my arms rose as I looked up into his dark eyes.’
      • ‘You can feel the hairs rising at the back of your head.’
      • ‘I paused, the hair rising on the back of my neck and down my arms.’
      • ‘Sandra felt her arm hairs rise slowly as her arms were covered with goose bumps.’
      • ‘He was riding down a slope leading to the ranch when he felt the hairs on his neck rising and that old feeling of danger sweep through him like a cold winter breeze.’
      • ‘Every move he made looked so lethal and made the hair on her arms rise.’
      • ‘His claws extend involuntarily and the hair on his neck rises.’
      • ‘Andrea's eyes met me once or twice, the hairs on her skin rising like porcupine needles.’
      • ‘He pulls the covers from his body, stands, and feels the hair rising on his arms.’
      • ‘I tried to ignore the hair rising on the back of my neck, and the prickling that ran down my spine.’
      • ‘I could feel the hairs rising on the back of my neck and the chills running down my spine.’
    3. 5.3 (of a building) undergo construction from the foundations.
      ‘rows of two-story houses are slowly rising’
      • ‘Indeed, taxi drivers take tourists from airport to city centre via the riverside building site out of which the palatial new house is rising.’
      • ‘Trees started to become rarer and buildings kept rising.’
      • ‘The triangular four-story building will rise on the site of a former strip club, another step in a major downtown renewal initiative.’
      • ‘Neat pastel houses rose amid Mediterranean landscaping, with a park, community center, and childcare complex.’
      • ‘After about 1900, though many rowhouses continued to rise, they were more likely to be in outlying sections of a city.’
    4. 5.4 (of dough) swell by the action of yeast.
      ‘leave the dough in a warm place to rise’
      • ‘It grew gradually like bread dough rising in a bowl on a radiator, until it filled her up and made her feel slightly sick with excitement.’
      • ‘Making the bread is a living process, similar to yoghurt, where the dough rises and develops with the yeast.’
      • ‘The downstairs rooms were moderately clean by the time the dough had risen the second time.’
      swell, expand, enlarge, puff up
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    5. 5.5 (of a bump, blister, or weal) appear as a swelling on the skin.
      ‘blisters rose on his burned hand’
      • ‘While the sink was filling, she pulled on the nightdress and the jumper, noting the goosebumps rising on her skin.’
      • ‘A blast of cold air greeted them and Olivia felt goosebumps rise on her arms.’
      • ‘My shoulders tensed instantaneously, terrified tremors running through me, goose bumps rising on my exposed flesh.’
      • ‘He kissed her on the back of her neck and her breathing quickened as the goosebumps rose on her skin.’
      • ‘She instantly turned around upon feeling goosebumps rising on her skin.’
      • ‘She had a bump rising on the back of her head, her neck was slightly bruised, and her ankle was a bit swollen, but other than that she was fine.’
      • ‘Reaching down I could feel a deep long gash running the length of my leg and I could already feel the bump rising steadily on my head.’
      • ‘Suddenly, she felt goosebumps rise on her arms and she shivered.’
      • ‘She shuddered again, the goosebumps rising on her stomach.’
      • ‘The floor was very stony, and her feet, covered only in silken slippers, began to get sore and she could feel a blister began to rise.’
      • ‘Goosebumps rose on my skin as I strode across the polished floor, toward the stairs.’
      • ‘Shaken by his proximity and the truth of his words, Daphne feels goosebumps rising on her skin.’
      • ‘A cool breeze made goosebumps rise on his arms, and he shivered.’
      • ‘I lay on the ground, panting and felt the bumps rising on my arm.’
      • ‘Blisters rose across her arms, then broke open and peeled back under the heat of the October winds.’
      • ‘The ache in her arm grew where the he had grabbed her before and she could already feel a bump rising and a bruise forming.’
      • ‘Goosebumps rose on her skin immediately and she stopped struggling almost all together because of the extreme cold.’
      • ‘Goose bumps were rising on her skin, her breath shallow.’
      • ‘The weather outside chilled me, and goosebumps rose in a matter of seconds as the wind blew my hair all around.’
      • ‘I pity your fingers, because I can already sense blisters rising.’
    6. 5.6 (of a person's stomach) become nauseated.
      ‘Fabio's stomach rose at the foul bedding’
      • ‘She swallowed hard as her gorge rose at the sight of the busted-up fighter and the stench of burnt flesh.’
      • ‘I screamed as the rollercoaster slid down the first dip, my stomach rising into my mouth.’
      • ‘However Amy had no time to ponder over this, for as soon as the doors closed, she felt her stomach suddenly rise as the elevator zoomed upwards.’
  • 6Increase in number, size, amount, or quality.

    ‘land prices had risen’
    • ‘The number of Protestant megachurches has risen from just 50 in 1980 to nearly 900 now.’
    • ‘Poverty continued to rise until 1995, when a modest decrease began.’
    • ‘As with all open-top cars, levels of physical discomfort - such as noise and wind buffeting - rise in relation to speed.’
    • ‘Yields of corn have risen from about 30 bushels per acre in 1940 to around 120 bushels per acre today.’
    • ‘The economy is booming, salaries are rising, companies are swelling to global size.’
    • ‘Basic supply and demand analysis tells us that in any of these situations, the price of sugar will rise.’
    • ‘The average spend per child is continuing to rise year-on-year.’
    • ‘Since 2001, the cost of the provincial game has risen from €5.8 million to €11.2 million.’
    • ‘The number of buyout firms doing business in Tokyo has risen from a single local fund in 1997 to at least 69 local and international funds today.’
    • ‘Indeed, as the dollar has dropped in recent weeks, both the stock and bond markets have risen strongly.’
    • ‘League revenues have risen from $600 million to $2 billion in the past 10 years.’
    • ‘During the past 18 months, the cost of a barrel of oil has risen from less than $40 to more than $70.’
    • ‘This month the shares have risen from a lowly 8p to 19p.’
    • ‘They reported that yields had risen from the normal 600 kilos per hectare to an average of 2500 kilos per hectare, a four times increase in yield.’
    • ‘Unemployment has risen from 3.3 per cent in 2001 to an estimated 6.7 per cent in 2005.’
    • ‘Technology stocks rose strongly last week as investors continued to bet on a resurgence in the sector.’
    • ‘Factory output rose strongly in December and January, as companies continue to use a greater share of their production capacity.’
    • ‘But if costs continue to rise at this pace, he says he'll have to cut staff.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, health-care costs continued to rise, cutting into business profits.’
    • ‘As the amount of gold coins in circulation increases, prices rise - but only very, very slowly.’
    go up, get higher, increase, grow, advance, soar, shoot up, surge, surge up, leap, jump, rocket, escalate, spiral
    improve, get better, advance, go up, get higher, soar, shoot up
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    1. 6.1 (of the sea, a river, or other body of water) increase in height to a particular level, typically through tidal action or flooding.
      ‘the river level rose so high the work had to be abandoned’
      figurative ‘the rising tide of crime’
      • ‘I look at the water level, which has risen to only a few inches below the bridge.’
      • ‘Last November, 400 villagers were at risk of drowning as the waters rose around them.’
      • ‘The water level had risen slightly, and it didn't look good.’
      • ‘It is assumed that they must have journeyed overland, before the seas rose and created islands out of the land bridge.’
      • ‘In July and August of that year, the monsoon waters rose in the Narmada and submerged villages.’
      • ‘Wiley figured the water level must have risen from all the rain they had received the day before.’
      • ‘The sea is rising, the city is sinking, and the damage to its historic buildings, bridges and artworks is becoming increasingly apparent.’
      • ‘Over the next two days, the level of the creek rises but the restored channel successfully contains the flow.’
      • ‘This type of fishing method is also practiced throughout the year but increases in intensity when the river rises or recedes.’
      • ‘Even a midsize or small river can overflow into streets if a storm causes the water level to rise quickly.’
      • ‘Climatologists believe that sea levels are rising faster in Dublin bay than the readings from tidal records would suggest.’
      • ‘And yet, we have a whole bunch of people, serious, accomplished scientists, telling us that the seas will rise in some places while deserts will be created in others.’
      • ‘The water was rising fast and she didn't know if she would be able to find any high ground before she reached the town.’
      • ‘Over the course of the millennium, the sea level could rise by 20 feet.’
      • ‘As the seas rose, new coral islands grew from the underlying shelf platform.’
      • ‘As the river rises or recedes, water continually moves into or drains from the pools in the flood plains, flowing in channels or tributaries which connect to the banks of the river.’
      • ‘It's warm, the spring tide is rising, we're going over a shoal.’
      • ‘Slowly but surely, the water level is rising, and pathetic river and sea defences aren't going to do anything to stop more flooding.’
      • ‘If sea levels rise even a few inches, as is predicted, over the next century, salt water will inundate the freshwater marshes.’
      • ‘Pa, Al, and Uncle John measure how fast the water is rising.’
    2. 6.2 (of a sound) become louder; be audible above other sounds.
      ‘her voice rose above the clamor’
      • ‘His voice had risen above the crowd, so that some people stopped to listen.’
      • ‘As the thunder of the hoofs receded, the roar of the punters rose.’
      • ‘He listened to the apologetic muttering of the boy as he fell, but above this rose the angry voice of the guard.’
      • ‘After a while more joined in until the noise had risen to a deafening crescendo as every crew member on the bridge joined in.’
      • ‘Yet, the whole time, her voice hadn't risen above a whisper.’
      • ‘The quiet murmur rose as she entered, and she gloried in being like a star.’
      • ‘David shouted over the hubbub rising inside the room.’
      • ‘His laughter rises, sounding obscene in the silence broken only by the sound of bullets flying.’
      • ‘The woods became alive with sound, a great cacophony of noises rising as the two beings fought.’
      • ‘A small crowd had gathered behind them in the line, and murmurs were also rising with the tension.’
      • ‘The smaller Faeries clamored around, voices rising in unison to protest her suggestion.’
      • ‘Marcie's voice rose above the static, and Bryan began the translation process.’
      • ‘As he was about to succeed, he heard a familiar voice rise above the crowd.’
      • ‘At higher speeds, the engine noise rises perceptibly.’
    3. 6.3 (of a barometer or other measuring instrument) give a higher reading.
      • ‘At once, the thermostat on the tank's control systems immediately rose from 47 degrees Celsius to sixty.’
      • ‘Pumps move liquid nitrogen along heat sinks back and forth along the sides to cool it, but still the temperature gauges rise slightly.’
    4. 6.4 (of a voice) become higher in pitch.
      ‘my voice rose an octave or two as I screamed’
      • ‘His voice was rising in volume and pitch; perhaps he hadn't finished his lifetime's crying just yet.’
      • ‘His voice rises in pitch as he says it, turning the last syllable of his question into something akin to a squeak.’
      • ‘The filthy thug laughed giddily, his voice slowly rising in pitch until it became an ear-piercing shriek.’
      • ‘My voice began to rise in pitch from apprehension.’
      • ‘Felix was growing upset now, his voice rising in pitch and volume.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, my voice had risen five octaves higher than I had expected it to and this just made him laugh harder.’
      • ‘The familiar sound of a bus engine grows louder, rising in pitch, as it approaches, only to drift lazily away.’
      • ‘Jeremiah's voice had risen to a strained pitch.’
      • ‘She parroted his earlier words, her voice rising by an octave.’
      • ‘She yelled, her voice rising in pitch until she was screeching.’
      • ‘There was a long pause, and when it was over Mom's voice had risen up an octave or two, as though she were nervous or upset about something.’
      • ‘Magdalena's voice rose excitedly in pitch, but not in volume.’
      • ‘Arlan's voice had risen to an angry pitch, all of his frustration and pain pouring out.’
      • ‘James's voice rose in pitch as he thought about how much money he would be wallowing in.’
      • ‘I objected, my voice rising in pitch of its own accord.’
      • ‘Her voice rose impressively through the octaves.’
      • ‘But then the charade falls down, and I tell Bryan the whole story, my voice rising in pitch as I get more and more upset.’
      • ‘Her voice rose steadily in pitch as she withdrew further, back now against a wall.’
      • ‘My voice has been steadily rising in pitch, despite my best efforts to control it.’
      get higher, grow, increase, become louder, swell, intensify
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    5. 6.5 (of an emotion) develop and become more intense.
      ‘he felt a tide of resentment rising in him’
      • ‘An odd feeling rose up inside of me as I watched, and I wasn't sure I liked it.’
      • ‘She felt panic rising in her, and she opened her eyes.’
      • ‘Again, the familiar panic rose, but I fought against it, keeping my smile in place.’
      • ‘He spread his arms, excitement rising through him.’
      • ‘She felt panic rising in her throat but tried to ignore it.’
      • ‘She stood there with a triumphant smile on her face and anger rose in him.’
      • ‘When Andrew entered my room, I could feel my temper rising quickly.’
      • ‘Cooper felt the anger and irritation rising up in him.’
      • ‘Full fledged panic rose through her and she let out a loud scream.’
      • ‘A slow panic rose in his chest, shortening his breaths as he thought this.’
      • ‘Cornelius felt jealousy and anger rising within him.’
      • ‘His hopes rose when he learned that some leaders had ‘gone to ground’.’
      • ‘He didn't respond, and Helen felt panic rising in her chest.’
      • ‘He felt his anger rising, but did what he was told.’
      • ‘Mike's eyes widened and he felt the anger rising in him.’
      • ‘I blinked a few times, embarrassment rising in my chest again.’
      • ‘My curiosity rising, I waited for a reaction, but there was none.’
      • ‘Fear is rising in me, to a point where I can almost not bear it.’
      • ‘I felt anxiety rising inside of me as I knew what to anticipate.’
      • ‘That odd anger rose up in him again, because her rejection seemed wrong, unfair.’
    6. 6.6 (of a person's mood) become more cheerful.
      ‘her spirits rose as they left the ugly city behind’
      • ‘He'd been worried that the windows were double-glazed and more difficult to break but his spirits rose when he saw that they were ordinary glass.’
      • ‘She felt her heart rise a little as he winked back.’
      • ‘I soon found my mood rising as my feelings for Denny began to fade.’
      • ‘His spirits instantly rose at the sound of Jessi's voice.’
      lift, improve, cheer up, grow buoyant, become hopeful, become optimistic, brighten, take a turn for the better
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    7. 6.7 (of the color in a person's face) become deeper, especially as a result of embarrassment.
      ‘he was teasing her, and she could feel her color rising’
      • ‘He was highly amused when colour started to rise in Darius' cheek.’
      • ‘She could feel the colour rising in her cheeks and her grip on the sheets tightened.’
      • ‘The color in Isabella's cheeks rose as she grew increasingly ashamed of her mother's behavior.’
      • ‘Louis felt the colour rising in his cheeks but there was nothing he could do to stop it.’
      • ‘Blue eyes blinked in shock, then the colour rose ever so slowly into her face.’
      • ‘The colour rose in her cheeks, reddening even her ears poking through her blonde hair.’
      • ‘He bowed slightly, nervously biting his bottom lip, and Tanaki felt the colour rising in his face.’
      • ‘She felt her colour rising again, but she was once more determined to get her own way.’
      • ‘A soft red hue rose in his cheeks, making him look younger than he probably was.’
      • ‘A red tint rose up in Kelly's cheeks as he referred to her as a child.’
  • 7risingApproaching (a specified age)

    ‘she was thirty-nine rising forty’
    ‘Polly shall have a young mare rising three years old’


  • 1An upward movement; an instance of becoming higher.

    ‘the bird has a display flight of steep flapping rises’
    • ‘She began to concentrate on Carl's breathing, the slow rhythm of the rise and fall of his chest, the sound of the ocean tide in the distance.’
    • ‘Ian put the bag down and watched Justin lying there, nervously checking the rise and fall of his chest.’
    • ‘The only movement coming from his body was a slow trickle of blood from his left temple and the rapid rise and fall of his lungs.’
    • ‘Finally opening her eyes, she noted that, other than the shallow rise and fall of his chest, there was no movement coming from him.’
    • ‘As we got further out the waves got calmer, but for right now they were choppy and making the boat lurch from side to side, pitching with each rise and fall of a wave.’
    • ‘They were both almost completely motionless, save the rise and fall of their chests as they breathed.’
    • ‘She mimicked the sound of his breath, making her chest rise and fall like his.’
    • ‘Every bump, rise, and swell of the waves affects your watercraft.’
    1. 1.1 An act of a fish moving to the surface to take a fly or bait.
    2. 1.2 An instance of social, commercial, or political advancement.
      ‘few models have had such a meteoric rise’
      • ‘But his meteoric rise in the drug world inevitably set him up for a fall.’
      • ‘The rapid rise of the republic challenges every new generation of historians to formulate new explanations.’
      • ‘Both films are tragedies dealing with the rise and fall of a man within a sordid industry.’
      • ‘The meteoric rise of Jack Vettriano is nothing short of phenomenal.’
      • ‘His rapid rise, it seemed, was continuing apace.’
      • ‘The decline of European Turkey was as steep as its rise.’
      • ‘If anything its enormous decline has beaten its meteoric rise back in the halcyon days.’
      • ‘As she began her rise in the political world, the media began to take notice.’
      • ‘China's rise is all the more remarkable for its speed.’
      • ‘How do you explain the rise of indigenous movements in Bolivia and the rest of Latin America?’
      • ‘In a sense, the rise of alternative movements is a response to the current weakness of the working class.’
      • ‘It has been a rapid rise for the former revenue official from Raheny in north Dublin.’
      • ‘The film does, indeed, force people to examine the events surrounding the rise and fall of Hitler.’
      • ‘You want tales from the Old South about slavery and empowerment, the rise of the civil-rights movement and the promise of integration?’
      • ‘Maria's single-minded rise through the company's ranks mirrors the renaissance of the German postwar economy.’
      • ‘After a meteoric rise comes the inevitable fall.’
      • ‘It coincided with the rise of Thatcher and Reagan, and the loosening of capital restrictions world wide.’
      • ‘Is it a challenge to stay level headed given you've had a meteoric rise in terms of your acting career?’
      • ‘Unlike that of Bohemia in the 19th century, opera in Slovakia did not become identified with the rise of a national movement.’
      • ‘If he keeps being cast as such one-dimensional, charisma-free characters, his fall may be as quick as his meteoric rise.’
      progress, climb, progression, advancement, promotion, elevation, aggrandizement
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    3. 1.3 An upward slope or hill.
      • ‘She crested the rise and stood before the two men, flushed with the effort.’
      • ‘Rilla takes Tess by the arm and leads her over the rise, then helps her down the hill and inside the little cabin.’
      • ‘As they came up over the rise, the large amount of brush they had hiding the trailer came into view.’
      • ‘The cart stood exposed at the crest of a long rise in the road.’
      • ‘Shrugging me off, he ordered me to go stand by the massive pine topping the largest of the graveyard's sloping rises.’
      • ‘As Peter crested the rise, he threw his brother a quick salute.’
      • ‘Christy stared mutely out the window as the church's steeple loomed into view over the rise of the next hill.’
      • ‘I nodded, then turned toward the rise and walked to the top.’
      • ‘In the ever darkening of approaching night he noticed very little in way of cover, and the mansion itself stood on a slight rise in the distance.’
      • ‘Melissa and Dave climb a small rise and step back onto the rutted dirt road.’
      • ‘He positioned the house on a hill looking across the valley to the verdant rise of Hog Mountain.’
      • ‘Down the path and over the rise of the last hill the army went, as if nothing had ever happened.’
      • ‘When they reached the crest of the rise, Karl gasped.’
      • ‘On Sunday morning, I see a woman ahead of me on the trail, just cresting a rise.’
      • ‘The hill was only a slight rise, leading to what looked to be a basin of land.’
      • ‘Finally, she crested a rise and the town came into view.’
      • ‘Looking down at the camp from a rise in the distance, the three of them immediately caught sight of Kefari and Ashwood.’
      • ‘After climbing a steep rise for about twenty minutes the road crested, then began to slope downwards, taking a more westerly direction.’
      • ‘Will squinted as the silhouette of what looked like a small cottage and barn came into view just over the rise of a green hill about a quarter mile away.’
      • ‘It was a land of scattered hills and rises.’
      slope, upward slope, incline, elevation, acclivity, rising ground, eminence, hillock, hill
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    4. 1.4 The vertical height of a step, arch, or incline.
    5. 1.5
      another term for riser (sense 2)
  • 2An increase in amount, extent, size, or number.

    ‘local people are worried by the rise in crime’
    • ‘Organic growth accounted for 29 per cent of the rise in sales.’
    • ‘It is no wonder then that over the past ten years, India has been one of the few countries to show a rise in share of world services exports.’
    • ‘Is the corporate spending increase enough to sustain the price rise?’
    • ‘Others are not so happy about the rise in price this year, given that this sort of extremely young wine should really be dirt cheap.’
    • ‘The continued demand from first-time buyers is likely to lead to price rises in that segment of the market.’
    • ‘Sales activity fell by 11 per cent in the quarter to August and surveyors noticed a rise in the amount of unsold property on the market.’
    • ‘Increasing use of email has already prompted a rise in the price of posting a letter.’
    • ‘One part of the explanation is the oil price rises of 1973 and 1979.’
    • ‘Higher fuel prices can cause unwelcome rises in inflation, restrict economic growth and are unpopular with voters.’
    • ‘A further rise of 0.5 per cent is predicted in the latter part of the year.’
    • ‘There was also a significant rise in the amount of private client activity among brokers.’
    • ‘The earnings of gold-mining companies should jump if the price of gold rises.’
    • ‘Businesses know U.S. consumers can shoulder a rise in energy prices and that domestic demand should keep increasing this year.’
    • ‘The Metropolitan police chief wants mobile phone companies to make it more difficult to swap SIM cards between handsets as a step to halt the rise in phone related muggings.’
    • ‘Second, the company is a high energy user and the rise in energy prices over the past year is a potentially material negative for both margins and costs.’
    • ‘With the rise in wage costs and prices, increased inflation led to lower competitiveness.’
    • ‘The price rise - if successful - will be the sixth increase since December.’
    • ‘The outcome was a consistent rise in prices across the tourism sector.’
    • ‘The rise of central banks stabilized the banking system and smoothed the growth of the money supply.’
    • ‘The drop stems mainly from slower growth in wages and salaries, smaller increases in benefits, and a bigger rise in net interest payments.’
    increase, hike, advance, growth, leap, upsurge, upswing, ascent, climb, jump, escalation, spiralling
    improvement, amelioration, advance, upturn, leap, jump
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    1. 2.1British An increase in salary or wages.
      • ‘The huge salary rise took place after the government approved the Buckley report on salaries for executives of commercial semi-state companies.’
      • ‘However, I waited until this April before jumping in, when my pay rise lessened the blow of starting to pay into a pension.’
      • ‘The union is calling for a six per cent increase in the pay budget and for individual rises of at least 3.5 per cent.’
      • ‘Every time you get a pay rise, increase the standing order by an equivalent amount.’
      • ‘In terms of wages, 69 percent of exporters surveyed expect to pay a wage rise in the next 12 months.’
      • ‘But analysts say compromises on wage and pension rises are likely.’
      • ‘The incipient rebellion was quickly quashed, however, when journalists received email notification of the enormous salary rises which will accompany the deal.’
      • ‘This was Edward's advice to me, when I received a particularly miserable salary rise, scarcely a rise at all.’
      pay increase, salary increase, wage increase, hike, increment
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  • 3An increase in sound or pitch.

    ‘the rise and fall of his voice’
    • ‘The score anticipated Schoenberg's technique in Gurrelieder and Pierrot Lunaire, indicating the rises and falls of the voice with relative pitches.’
  • 4in singular A source or origin.

    ‘it was here that the brook had its rise’
    origin, place of origin
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  • get (or take) a rise out of

    • informal Provoke an angry or irritated response from (someone), especially by teasing.

      • ‘For a while they tried everything they could think of to get a rise out of him, to provoke a response.’
      • ‘The fact that he got a rise out of Delia - the woman who, until recently, wouldn't criticise a bent banana, let alone another living being - is a measure of just how irritating he can be.’
      • ‘You know he just wants to get a rise out of you so don't let him.’
      • ‘She absolutely loved getting a rise out of the Nebraskan.’
      • ‘Ignore that kid, he only does it because he know he can get a rise out of you.’
      • ‘Soon, she'll get sick of not getting a rise out of you and search for a new victim to hassle.’
      • ‘Obari raised an eyebrow, quite amused at getting a rise out of his childhood rival.’
      • ‘Can't you see he's just trying to get a rise out of you?’
      • ‘Are you aware that the waitress was trying to get a rise out of you?’
      • ‘Even though he knew she was just trying to get a rise out of him, he took the bait like a hungry trout.’
      annoy, make angry, anger, incense, enrage, send into a rage, irritate, infuriate, exasperate, exacerbate, madden, pique, nettle, get a rise out of, take a rise out of, bother, upset, agitate, vex, irk, gall, get someone's back up, put someone's back up, get on someone's nerves, ruffle, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles, make someone's blood boil, rub up the wrong way, put someone out
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  • on the rise

    • 1Becoming greater or more numerous; increasing.

      ‘prices were on the rise’
      • ‘Now it's milk and dairy prices that are on the rise.’
      • ‘Many experts also feel that illiteracy is on the rise in America.’
      • ‘I agree that this craze is on the rise, but it evoked a bigger issue for me.’
      • ‘From natural gas and propane to heating oil and gasoline, prices are on the rise.’
      • ‘The variety, frequency and complexity of attacks used against corporations are also on the rise.’
      • ‘While the keenest consumers continue to spend, personal bankruptcies are on the rise, and the number of people below the poverty line has increased by 11%.’
      • ‘Unemployment was on the rise and purchasing power had slumped.’
      • ‘Right-wing extremism in Europe has been on the rise since the 1980s.’
      • ‘There's no good count of such wine groups or their membership, but people in the industry believe these gatherings - akin to book clubs - are on the rise.’
      • ‘Writing about design across the design disciplines is on the rise, but graphic design writing is not keeping pace.’
      1. 1.1Becoming more successful.
        ‘young stars on the rise’
        • ‘Padre Amaro is a young priest on the rise.’
        • ‘He is a young tenor on the rise and he shines on these discs.’
        • ‘The truth is that he was a much better actor than he is often given credit for, and his star was on the rise prior to World War II.’
        • ‘Alice is an artist whose star is very much on the rise.’
        • ‘Morris's career was on the rise with her success in this latest film.’
        • ‘Katalyn and Greg were one of the best young teams on the rise.’
        • ‘Katy, a young star on the rise, wandered into Nathan's life when they met on the set of the hit TV show.’
        • ‘The picture begins in London, where Kaisa, a corporate lawyer on the rise, is in her apartment.’
        • ‘With Lynn's star once again on the rise, she's the perfect candidate for DVD treatment.’
        • ‘The star of his young assistant was definitely on the rise.’
  • rise and shine

    • informal usually in imperativeGet out of bed smartly; wake up.

      • ‘And in London last weekend, at least one household reverberated to a chorus of, ‘It's time for us to rise and shine and have a fun day!’’
      • ‘Ok you: time to rise and shine and face the future.’
      • ‘But don't we all wish we were able to say that every day we rise and shine, full of vim and vigor, eager to get going with our tasks - after acing a full-fledged workout?’
      • ‘Jessica stretched lazily while trying to convince her body that it was time to rise and shine.’
      • ‘Quite simply, the dreams we have at night set the stage for our actions the following day, priming us. to either rise and shine and conquer the world, or crawl back under the covers and duck the challenges that lie ahead.’
      • ‘‘Time to rise and shine,’ I said in my perkiest voice.’
      • ‘Come on, Miss Hart, it's time to rise and shine!’
      • ‘Tomorrow, rise and shine, because it's awards time.’
      • ‘We were expected to rise and shine at 6.30 in the morning.’
      • ‘Time to rise and shine, so get up take a shower and breakfast will be ready when you are!’
      get up, get out of bed, rouse oneself, stir, bestir oneself, be up and about
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  • rise with the sun (or lark)

    • Get up early in the morning.

      • ‘Almost overnight, our society stopped rising with the sun and turning in not too long after sunset.’
      • ‘She slept on a common straw bed, and rose with the sun.’
      • ‘And for those who hate to rise with the sun, there is a repeat telecast at 9.30 p.m.’
      • ‘He looks like death, his usual appearance when he rises with the sun.’
      • ‘Klara rose with the sun, staring out at its first rays over the streets, shadows drifting away.’
      • ‘He had made it a habit long ago to rise with the sun every morning, and today was no exception.’
      • ‘Once again, on Saturday morning I rose with the sun.’
      • ‘Every morning, she rose with the sun, ate a breakfast of cereal and eggs, got dressed in the same old school uniform, styled her hair in the same way, and walked the quarter mile to her all-girls school.’
      • ‘She picked up the phone to call her mother in Boston - she would be awake, her mother rose with the sun.’
      • ‘Timothy, having grown up on a farm in the country, naturally rose with the sun.’
  • someone's star is rising

    • Someone is becoming more successful or popular.

      ‘throughout the decade his star rose ever higher in Hollywood’
      • ‘The youthful trio's primitive, upbeat garage-rock caused a fuss at last year's Glastonbury after they won a competition to perform at the new bands tent, and now their star is rising sharply.’
      • ‘I would cite his reputation for fairness on matters as a key reason why his star is rising.’
      • ‘He has stepped forward and shown that his star is rising fast.’


Old English rīsan ‘make an attack’, ‘wake, get out of bed’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rijzen and German reisen.