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verb [intransitive] rise pronunciation in American English /raɪz/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerising
past tenserose
past participlerisen
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  1. 1



    rise up

    to move upward or to a higher position

    The aircraft rose slowly into the air.

    rise from:

    A column of thick black smoke could be seen rising from the town.

    1. a.
      if the sun, moon, or a star rises, it seems to move higher in the sky

      As the sun rose in the sky the temperature climbed.

    2. b.
      if land rises, it slopes upward and becomes higher

      They were heading westward to where the land rose more steeply.

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    3. c.
      if your voice rises, it gets higher, often because of a strong feeling
    4. d.
      if the hairs on a part of your body rise, they start to move upward because you are very frightened

      Duncan felt the hairs rise on the back of his neck.

    5. e.
      to come up through the surface of the earth or water

      Bubbles rise to the surface of the liquid.

  2. 2
    to increase in size, amount, quality, or strength

    Salaries will continue to rise in line with inflation.

    Temperatures will rise steadily toward the end of the week.

    rise in price/value:

    Gas rose in price as the war continued.

    rise and fall:

    Interest rates rise and fall according to the health of the economy.

    rising tide of something (=increasing amount of something):

    The police do not have enough officers to fight the rising tide of street crime.

    1. a.
      if a sea, lake, or other area of water rises, or if the tide rises, the amount of water in it increases and its level goes up

      The river rose and burst its banks.

      How many feet does the tide rise at this dock?

    2. b.
      if a wind rises, it starts to become stronger
    3. c.
      if a feeling or emotion rises, it becomes stronger

      Stephen felt tenderness rising up in him.

      tensions rise:

      Tensions are rising again on the world’s most heavily armed border.

      someone’s spirits rise (=they start to feel happier):

      Her spirits rose considerably at the thought of seeing him again.

    4. d.
      if something such as bread or a cake rises, it increases in size and height when it is cooked or when yeast is added
    5. e.
  3. 3
    to achieve success, power, or a higher status
    rise from:

    Martha had risen from humble origins to immense wealth.

    rise to:

    During the war years he had risen to the rank of major.

    rise to prominence/fame/power:

    He rose to national prominence as a leader of the minersunion.

    rise to the top (=achieve the highest position):

    She was utterly determined to rise to the top in her chosen profession.

  4. 4



    rise up

    formal to stand from a sitting, kneeling, or lying position

    He rose up and went to the window.

    rise from a table/desk (=from a seat at it):

    Edward finished his meal quickly and rose from the table.

    rise to your feet:

    Pushing back her chair she rose to her feet.

    1. a.
      formal to get out of bed in the morning

      The next morning Benjamin rose early.

      rise and shine (=get out of bed and start the day):

      Rise and shine, folks! It’s time to get to work.

  5. 5



    rise up

    if a building or natural feature rises or rises up somewhere, it is tall or high and can be seen clearly
    rise above:

    Gray mountains rose above the lakes.

    The dark tower of the church rose above the bare trees.

  6. 6



    rise up

    to start to protest and fight against a government or leader
    rise against:

    Eventually the people rose against the oppressive regime.

  7. 7
    if something such as a law court or committee rises, it stops working at the end of the day or for a period of time
  8. 8
    if your color rises, your face becomes red because you are embarrassed or ashamed
  9. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    rise and shine used in a humorous way to tell someone to wake up and get out of bed

    Wake up, kids! Time to rise and shine!

    Submitted by Caleb Judy from United States on 15/09/2015

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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