Pronunciation: (rīz), [key]
— v., n. rose, ris•en ris•ing,
- to get up from a lying, sitting, or kneeling posture; assume an upright position: She rose and walked over to greet me. With great effort he rose to his knees.
- to get up from bed, esp. to begin the day after a night's sleep: to rise early.
- to become erect and stiff, as the hair in fright.
- to get up after falling or being thrown down.
- to become active in opposition or resistance; revolt or rebel.
- to be built up, erected, or constructed.
- to spring up or grow, as plants: Weeds rose overnight.
- to become prominent on or project from a surface, as a blister.
- to come into existence; appear.
- to come into action, as a wind or storm.
- to occur: A quarrel rose between them.
- to originate, issue, or be derived; to have a source.
- to move from a lower to a higher position; move upward; ascend: The bird rose in the air.
- to ascend above the horizon, as a heavenly body.
- to extend directly upward; project vertically: The tower rises to a height of 60 feet. The building rises above the city's other skyscrapers.
- to have an upward slant or curve: The path rises as it approaches the woods.
- to attain higher rank, status, or importance or a higher economic level: to rise in the world.
- to advance to a higher level of action, thought, feeling, etc.: to rise above the commonplace.
- (of fish) to come up toward the surface of the water in pursuit of food or bait.
- to prove oneself equal to a demand, emergency, etc. (fol. by to): to rise to the occasion; to rise to one's responsibilities.
- to become animated, cheerful, or heartened, as the spirits.
- to become roused or stirred: to feel one's temper rising.
- to increase in height, as the level of water: The river rose thirty feet in eight hours.
- to swell or puff up, as dough from the action of yeast.
- to increase in amount, as prices.
- to increase in price or value, as commodities.
- to increase in degree, intensity, or force, as fever, color, etc.
- to become louder or of higher pitch, as the voice.
- to adjourn or close a session, as a deliberative body or court.
- to return from the dead: Christ rose from the dead and on the third day ascended into heaven.
- to cause to rise.
- to cause (something) to rise above the visible horizon by approaching nearer to it; raise.
- to ignore or be indifferent to, as an insult.
- an act or instance of rising.
- appearance above the horizon, as of the sun or moon.
- elevation or increase in rank, fortune, influence, power, etc.: the rise and fall of ancient Rome.
- an increase in height, as of the level of water.
- the amount of such increase.
- an increase in amount, as of prices.
- an increase in price or value, as of commodities.
- raise (defs. 33–36).
- an increase in degree or intensity, as of temperature.
- an increase in loudness or in pitch, as of the voice.
- the measured height of any of various things, as a roof, a flight of steps, a stair step, or the crown of a road.
- the measured height of an arch from the springing line to the highest point of the intrados.
- the vertical distance through which the floor of an elevator or the like passes.
- origin, source, or beginning: the rise of a stream in a mountain.
- a coming into existence or notice: the rise of a new talent.
- extension upward.
- the amount of such extension.
- upward slope, as of ground or a road.
- a piece of rising or high ground: a house built upon a gentle rise.
- the distance between the crotch and the waist of a pair of trousers: Pants with a high rise are now in style.
- the coming up of a fish toward the surface in pursuit of food or bait.
- to provoke, as to action or anger.
- to evoke the expected or desired response from.
- to originate; produce; cause: The Industrial Revolution gave rise to accelerated urbanization.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.