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English definition of “rise”


verb (INCREASE)    /raɪz/ (rose, risen)
B2 [I] to increase : Inflation is rising at/by 2.1 percent a month . The wind / storm is rising (= beginning to get stronger ).Value and price increases [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 .Increasing and intensifying Grammar:Arise or rise?Arise means ‘happen’ or ‘occur’. We use it with abstract nouns (e.g. problem). The three forms of arise are arise, arose, arisen. It is used in formal contexts:Grammar:Raise or rise?Raise must have an object, as it is a transitive verb. It is a regular verb; its three forms are raise, raised, raised:
(Definition of rise verb (INCREASE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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