Meaning of “rise” in the English Dictionary

"rise" in British English

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uk /raɪz/ us /raɪz/ rose, risen

rise verb (MOVE UP)

B1 [ I ] to move upwards:

The balloon rose gently (up) into the air.
At 6 a.m. we watched the sun rise (= appear and move upwards in the sky).
New buildings are rising (= being built) throughout the city.
figurative Murmurs of disapproval rose from (= came from) the crowd.

[ I ] to stand, especially after sitting:

She rose from her chair to welcome us.
He rose to his feet to deliver his speech.

[ I ] formal to get out of bed:

My grandfather rises at five every morning to do his exercises.

[ I ] specialized geography If a river rises somewhere, it first comes out of the ground there:

The River Cam rises in/at a place called Ashwell.

More examples

  • Steam rose from the simmering stew.
  • Suddenly, all her anger rose to the surface.
  • What time does the moon rise?
  • As water begins to boil, bubbles rise ever faster to the surface.
  • This was a company that had risen from the dead.

rise verb (INCREASE)

B2 [ I ] to increase:

Inflation is rising at/by 2.1 percent a month.
The wind/storm is rising (= beginning to get stronger).

[ I ] When emotions, etc. rise, they start to increase:

Tempers are rising (= people are becoming angry).
My spirits rise (= I feel happier) whenever I think of my friends.
She felt panic and terror rise in her whenever she thought of the future.
His voice rose (= became louder or higher) as he got angry.

More examples

  • The day after the explosion the death toll had risen to 90.
  • Used car sales have risen because of the increased cost of new cars.
  • Employment levels are unlikely to rise significantly before the end of next year.
  • The number of business failures rose steeply last year.
  • The party's share of the vote rose from 11 percent in the last election to 21 percent this time.

rise verb (BECOME HIGHER)

[ I ] to become higher:

The ground rises over there.
The castle is built on rising ground (= ground higher than areas around it).
You can see the Alps rising (= showing as a higher area) in the distance/above the clouds.

[ I, I ] If bread or dough (= a soft uncooked mixture used for making bread) rises, it becomes bigger because of the action of yeast (= a fungus used in beer and bread making):

Leave the dough somewhere warm to rise.

More examples

  • The temple's grand white arches rose conspicuously over the dirty decaying city.
  • At the unspoiled North Bay, three white pyramids rise like futuristic sails from the sea.
  • The white cliffs rise majestically from the sea.
  • The gilded dome of the cathedral rises above the city.
  • The office block rises above the surrounding buildings.

rise verb (STOP WORK)

[ I ] formal If parliament or a court rises, it stops work:

Parliament/The court rose at 6 p.m.


uk /raɪz/ us /raɪz/

rise noun (INCREASE)

B2 [ C ] an increase:

a 5 percent rise in inflation
August has seen a large rise in the number of unemployed.
See also
on the rise


Police say that youth crime is on the rise again.

More examples

  • The rise in the value of the dollar has depressed the company's profits this year.
  • There has been an alarming rise in the rate of inflation.
  • All the evidence points to a substantial rise in traffic over the next few years.
  • She claimed that the rise in unemployment was just a further manifestation of the government's incompetence.
  • The rise in house prices meant that those who were selling enjoyed a bonanza.

rise noun (MOVEMENT UP)

C2 [ S ] the process of becoming very famous, powerful, or popular:

Her rapid rise to fame/power/popularity, etc. meant that she made many enemies.

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  • The film tells anew the story of his rise to fame and power.
  • The group had a meteoric rise to fame in the 70s.
  • Her rise to fame was quite phenomenal - in less than two years she was a household name.
  • The band enjoyed a seemingly unstoppable rise to success.
  • He's only doing it to get a rise out of you.

(Definition of “rise” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rise" in American English

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us /rɑɪz/ past tense rose /roʊz/ , past participle risen /ˈrɪz·ən/

rise verb (MOVE UP)

[ I ] to move up from a lower to a higher position, or to become higher:

Smoke rose from the campfire.
The trail rises gently to the top of the ridge.
We watched the sun rise over the bay.
New buildings are rising (= becoming higher as they are built) throughout the city.
On a clear day, you can see the mountains rising (= appearing high) in the distance.

[ I ] To rise is also to stand up:

She rose to welcome us.

[ I ] To rise is also to get out of bed, esp. in the morning.

rise verb (INCREASE)

[ I ] to become more or greater in amount, size, or degree; increase:

Real estate prices have risen rapidly.
The temperature rose to 80° by midday.
Our hopes rose when the doctors told us that she was conscious and alert.
A murmur rose from the crowd (= began to be heard).

[ I ] To rise is also to move into a more important rank or position:

He rose to fame in the 1940s.

rise verb (FIGHT)

[ I always + adv/prep ] to begin to oppose or fight (esp. a bad government or ruler) as a group:

He urged his followers to rise up against the oppressive regime.


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[ C ] a small hill or slope:

The house is built on a rise.

(Definition of “rise” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"rise" in Business English

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riseverb [ I ]

uk /raɪz/ us rose, risen

to increase in number, amount, or value:

As growth becomes embedded, interest rates rise.
Gold bullion for delivery in December rose $1.20 an ounce to $400 an ounce.
rise sharply/dramatically/steadily, etc.
rise by sth Retail sales volume rose by 7.2% in the 12 months to June.
rise to sth The jobless rate rose to 4.7% in Japan in September.

WORKPLACE to move up to a more important position in an organization:

Those who rise to the top in public affairs work can expect social recognition.
rise through sth Mr Reed rose quickly through the bank, becoming head of the corporate finance department in 2010.
rise through the ranks She rose through the company ranks, becoming general manager in 2009.
rise to the challenge/occasion

to show that you can deal with a difficult situation successfully:

All eyes are now on the oil companies to see if they can rise to the challenge and get the fuel out quickly.


uk /raɪz/ us

[ C ] an increase in number, amount, or value:

a rise in sth The strong profits prompted a 64% rise in the dividend.
a sharp/dramatic/small rise
Commodities analysts forecast a rise of around 3%
a price/rate rise

[ C ] UK US raise HR, WORKPLACE an increase in salary or wages:

I think you should ask the boss for a rise.
Postal workers have cut a pay deal giving them a basic rise of 3.3%.
He will receive a pay rise when he joins the board.

[ S ] the process of becoming more important or powerful:

Thanks to the rise of e-commerce, many firms are embracing the internet for many of their activities.
the meteoric rise of the internet as a political tool
on the rise

if something is on the rise, it is increasing:

Interviews by video conference are on the rise.

(Definition of “rise” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)