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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyrise to
he/she/itrises to
present participlerising to
past tenserose to
past participlerisen to
  1. 1
    rise to something to react to something in the way that someone wants you to, especially by becoming angry

    He’s just trying to provoke you. Don’t rise to it.

  2. 2
    rise to the bait to react to something in the way that someone wants you to, especially by becoming angry

    I was too tired to rise to the bait so I said nothing.

  3. 3
    rise to the challenge/occasion to deal successfully with a problem or situation that is especially difficult

    It’s not an easy task, but I’m sure John will rise to the challenge.

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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