give rise to

verb (used without object), rose, ris·en [rizuhn] /ˈrɪz ən/, ris·ing.

  1. 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.
  2. to get up from bed, especially to begin the day after a night’s sleep: to rise early.
  3. to become erect and stiff, as the hair in fright.
  4. to get up after falling or being thrown down.
  5. to become active in opposition or resistance; revolt or rebel.
  6. to be built up, erected, or constructed.
  7. to spring up or grow, as plants: Weeds rose overnight.
  8. to become prominent on or project from a surface, as a blister.
  9. to come into existence; appear.
  10. to come into action, as a wind or storm.
  11. to occur: A quarrel rose between them.
  12. to originate, issue, or be derived; to have a source.
  13. to move from a lower to a higher position; move upward; ascend: The bird rose in the air.
  14. to ascend above the horizon, as a heavenly body.
  15. to extend directly upward; project vertically: The tower rises to a height of 60 feet. The building rises above the city’s other skyscrapers.
  16. to have an upward slant or curve: The path rises as it approaches the woods.
  17. to attain higher rank, status, or importance or a higher economic level: to rise in the world.
  18. to advance to a higher level of action, thought, feeling, etc.: to rise above the commonplace.
  19. Angling. (of fish) to come up toward the surface of the water in pursuit of food or bait.
  20. to prove oneself equal to a demand, emergency, etc. (followed by to): to rise to the occasion; to rise to one’s responsibilities.
  21. to become animated, cheerful, or heartened, as the spirits.
  22. to become roused or stirred: to feel one’s temper rising.
  23. to increase in height, as the level of water: The river rose thirty feet in eight hours.
  24. to swell or puff up, as dough from the action of yeast.
  25. to increase in amount, as prices.
  26. to increase in price or value, as commodities.
  27. to increase in degree, intensity, or force, as fever, color, etc.
  28. to become louder or of higher pitch, as the voice.
  29. to adjourn or close a session, as a deliberative body or court.
  30. to return from the dead: Christ rose from the dead and on the third day ascended into heaven.

verb (used with object), rose, ris·en [rizuhn] /ˈrɪz ən/, ris·ing.

  1. Nonstandard. to cause to rise.
  2. Nautical. to cause (something) to rise above the visible horizon by approaching nearer to it; raise.


  1. an act or instance of rising.
  2. appearance above the horizon, as of the sun or moon.
  3. elevation or increase in rank, fortune, influence, power, etc.: the rise and fall of ancient Rome.
  4. an increase in height, as of the level of water.
  5. the amount of such increase.
  6. an increase in amount, as of prices.
  7. an increase in price or value, as of commodities.
  8. Chiefly British. raise(defs 33–35).
  9. an increase in degree or intensity, as of temperature.
  10. an increase in loudness or in pitch, as of the voice.
  11. Architecture, Building Trades.
    1. the measured height of any of various things, as a roof, a flight of steps, a stair step, or the crown of a road.
    2. the measured height of an arch from the springing line to the highest point of the intrados.
  12. the vertical distance through which the floor of an elevator or the like passes.
  13. origin, source, or beginning: the rise of a stream in a mountain.
  14. a coming into existence or notice: the rise of a new talent.
  15. extension upward.
  16. the amount of such extension.
  17. upward slope, as of ground or a road.
  18. a piece of rising or high ground: a house built upon a gentle rise.
  19. the distance between the crotch and the waist of a pair of trousers: Pants with a high rise are now in style.
  20. Angling. the coming up of a fish toward the surface in pursuit of food or bait.

Verb Phrases

  1. rise above, to ignore or be indifferent to, as an insult.
  1. get a rise out of, Informal.
    1. to provoke, as to action or anger.
    2. to evoke the expected or desired response from.
  2. give rise to, to originate; produce; cause: The Industrial Revolution gave rise to accelerated urbanization.

verb rises, rising, rose (rəʊz) or risen (ˈrɪzən) (mainly intr)

  1. to get up from a lying, sitting, kneeling, or prone position
  2. to get out of bed, esp to begin one’s dayhe always rises early
  3. to move from a lower to a higher position or place; ascend
  4. to ascend or appear above the horizonthe sun is rising
  5. to increase in height or levelthe water rose above the normal level
  6. to attain higher rank, status, or reputationhe will rise in the world
  7. to be built or erectedthose blocks of flats are rising fast
  8. to become apparent; appearnew troubles rose to afflict her
  9. to increase in strength, degree, intensity, etcher spirits rose; the wind is rising
  10. to increase in amount or valuehouse prices are always rising
  11. to swell updough rises
  12. to become erect, stiff, or rigidthe hairs on his neck rose in fear
  13. (of one’s stomach or gorge) to manifest or feel nausea; retch
  14. to become actively rebellious; revoltthe people rose against their oppressors
  15. to slope upwardsthe ground rises beyond the lake
  16. to return from the dead; be resurrected
  17. to originate; come into existencethat river rises in the mountains
  18. (of a session of a court, legislative assembly, etc) to come to an end; adjourn
  19. angling (of fish) to come to the surface of the water, as when taking flies
  20. (tr) nautical another term for raise (def. 20)
  21. (often foll by to) informal to respond (to teasing, etc) or fall into a trap prepared for one


  1. the act or an instance of rising; ascent
  2. an increase in height; elevation
  3. an increase in rank, status, or position
  4. an increase in amount, cost, or value
  5. an increase in degree or intensity
  6. British an increase in salary or wagesUS and Canadian word: raise
  7. a piece of rising ground
  8. an upward slope or incline
  9. the appearance of the sun, moon, or other celestial body above the horizon
  10. the vertical height of a step or of a flight of stairs
  11. the vertical height of a roof above the walls or columns
  12. the height of an arch above the impost level
  13. angling the act or instance of fish coming to the surface of the water to take flies, etc
  14. the beginning, origin, or source; derivation
  15. slang an erection of the penis
  16. get a rise out of or take a rise out of to provoke an angry or petulant reaction from
  17. give rise to to cause the development of; produce

Old English risan “to rise, rise from sleep, get out of bed; stand up, rise to one’s feet; get up from table; rise together; be fit, be proper” (usually arisan; class I strong verb; past tense ras, past participle risen), from Proto-Germanic *us-risanan “to go up” (cf. Old Norse risa, Old Saxon risan, Gothic urreisan “to rise,” Old High German risan “to rise, flow,” German reisen “to travel,” originally “to rise for a journey”).

From c.1200 as “move from a lower to a higher position, move upward; increase in number or amount; rise in fortune, prosper; become prominent;” also “rise from the dead.” Meaning “come into existence, originate; result (from)” is mid-13c. From early 14c. as “rebel, revolt;” also “occur, happen, come to pass; take place.” Related to raise (v.). Related: Rose; risen.


“upward movement,” 1570s, from rise (v.). Meaning “a piece of rising ground” is from 1630s. Meaning “spring, source, origin, beginning” is from 1620s. Phrase to get a rise out of (someone) (1829) is a metaphor from angling (1650s).

see give birth to, def. 2.

In addition to the idioms beginning with rise

  • rise and shine
  • rise from the ashes
  • rise in the world
  • rise through the ranks
  • rise to the bait
  • rise to the occasion

also see:

  • come up (rise in the world)
  • get a rise out of
  • give birth (rise) to
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