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Definition of Rise


  1. To go up; to ascend; to climb; as, to rise a hill.
  2. To cause to rise; as, to rise a fish, or cause it to come to the surface of the water; to rise a ship, or bring it above the horizon by approaching it; to raise.
  3. To move from a lower position to a higher; to ascend; to mount up. Specifically: -- (a) To go upward by walking, climbing, flying, or any other voluntary motion; as, a bird rises in the air; a fish rises to the bait.
  4. To ascend or float in a fluid, as gases or vapors in air, cork in water, and the like.
  5. To move upward under the influence of a projecting force; as, a bullet rises in the air.
  6. To grow upward; to attain a certain height; as, this elm rises to the height of seventy feet.
  7. To reach a higher level by increase of quantity or bulk; to swell; as, a river rises in its bed; the mercury rises in the thermometer.
  8. To become erect; to assume an upright position; as, to rise from a chair or from a fall.
  9. To leave one's bed; to arise; as, to rise early.
  10. To tower up; to be heaved up; as, the Alps rise far above the sea.
  11. To slope upward; as, a path, a line, or surface rises in this direction.
  12. To retire; to give up a siege.
  13. To swell or puff up in the process of fermentation; to become light, as dough, and the like.
  14. To have the aspect or the effect of rising.
  15. To appear above the horizont, as the sun, moon, stars, and the like.
  16. To become apparent; to emerge into sight; to come forth; to appear; as, an eruption rises on the skin; the land rises to view to one sailing toward the shore.
  17. To become perceptible to other senses than sight; as, a noise rose on the air; odor rises from the flower.
  18. To have a beginning; to proceed; to originate; as, rivers rise in lakes or springs.
  19. To increase in size, force, or value; to proceed toward a climax.
  20. To increase in power or fury; -- said of wind or a storm, and hence, of passion.
  21. To become of higher value; to increase in price.
  22. To become larger; to swell; -- said of a boil, tumor, and the like.
  23. To increase in intensity; -- said of heat.
  24. To become louder, or higher in pitch, as the voice.
  25. To increase in amount; to enlarge; as, his expenses rose beyond his expectations.
  26. In various figurative senses.
  27. To become excited, opposed, or hostile; to go to war; to take up arms; to rebel.
  28. To attain to a better social position; to be promoted; to excel; to succeed.
  29. To become more and more dignified or forcible; to increase in interest or power; -- said of style, thought, or discourse; as, to rise in force of expression; to rise in eloquence; a story rises in interest.
  30. To come to mind; to be suggested; to occur.
  31. To come; to offer itself.
  32. To ascend from the grave; to come to life.
  33. To terminate an official sitting; to adjourn; as, the committee rose after agreeing to the report.
  34. To ascend on a musical scale; to take a higher pith; as, to rise a tone or semitone.
  35. To be lifted, or to admit of being lifted, from the imposing stone without dropping any of the type; -- said of a form.
  36. The act of rising, or the state of being risen.
  37. The distance through which anything rises; as, the rise of the thermometer was ten degrees; the rise of the river was six feet; the rise of an arch or of a step.
  38. Land which is somewhat higher than the rest; as, the house stood on a rise of land.
  39. Spring; source; origin; as, the rise of a stream.
  40. Appearance above the horizon; as, the rise of the sun or of a planet.
  41. Increase; advance; augmentation, as of price, value, rank, property, fame, and the like.
  42. Increase of sound; a swelling of the voice.
  43. Elevation or ascent of the voice; upward change of key; as, a rise of a tone or semitone.
  44. The spring of a fish to seize food (as a fly) near the surface of the water.

Rise Quotations

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself.
Walter Anderson

John F. Kennedy Quote
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
John F. Kennedy

Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.
Abraham Lincoln

J. Paul Getty Quote
Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.
J. Paul Getty
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Rise Translations

rise in Afrikaans is styg, opstaan
rise in Dutch is opstaan, gaan staan
rise in German is aufgehen, ansteigen, ansteigen
rise in Italian is lievitazione, esalare, aumento, levarsi, alzarsi
rise in Latin is orior, orior oriri ortus
rise in Spanish is subir, levantarse, levantamiento
rise in Swedish is stiga, resa sig

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