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The aircraft rose slowly into the air.
A column of thick black smoke could be seen rising from the town.
He rose up and went to the window.
Edward finished his meal quickly and rose from the table.
Pushing back her chair she rose to her feet.
Salaries will continue to rise in line with inflation.
Rising unemployment is our biggest problem.
Temperatures will rise steadily towards the end of the week.
Even motor fuel rose in price as the war continued.
Interest rates rise and fall according to the health of the economy.
The police do not have enough officers to fight the rising tide of street crime.
Martha had risen from humble origins to immense wealth.
During the war years he had risen to the rank of major.
He rose to national prominence as a leader of the miners' union.
She was utterly determined to rise to the top in her chosen profession.
This is the British English definition of rise. View American English definition of rise.
old and in bad condition, or no longer effective
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