Rise name meaning

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verb Rise
  1. To move from a lower position to a higher; to ascend; to mount up. Specifically: 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.
    1. To ascend or float in a fluid, as gases or vapors in air, cork in water, and the like.
    2. To move upward under the influence of a projecting force; as, a bullet rises in the air.
    3. To grow upward; to attain a certain height; as, this elm rises to the height of seventy feet.
    4. 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.
    5. To become erect; to assume an upright position; as, to rise from a chair or from a fall.
    6. To leave one's bed; to arise; as, to rise early.
      "He that would thrive, must rise by five." [Old Proverb.]
    7. To tower up; to be heaved up; as, the Alps rise far above the sea.
    8. To slope upward; as, a path, a line, or surface rises in this direction.
      "A risingground." [Dryden.]
    9. To retire; to give up a siege.
      "He, rising with small honor from Gunza, . . . was gone." [Knolles.]
    10. To swell or puff up in the process of fermentation; to become light, as dough, and the like.
  2. To have the aspect or the effect of rising.
    1. To appear above the horizont, as the sun, moon, stars, and the like.
      "He maketh his sun to riseon the evil and the good." [Matt. v. 45.]
    2. 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.
    3. To become perceptible to other senses than sight; as, a noise rose on the air; odor rises from the flower.
    4. To have a beginning; to proceed; to originate; as, rivers rise in lakes or springs.
      "A scepter shall rise out of Israel." [Num. xxiv. 17.]
      "Honor and shame from no condition rise." [Pope.]
  3. To increase in size, force, or value; to proceed toward a climax.
    1. To increase in power or fury; -- said of wind or a storm, and hence, of passion.
      "High winde . . . began to rise, high passions -- anger, hate." [Milton.]
    2. To become of higher value; to increase in price.
      "Bullion is risen to six shillings . . . the ounce." [Locke.]
    3. To become larger; to swell; -- said of a boil, tumor, and the like.
    4. To increase in intensity; -- said of heat.
    5. To become louder, or higher in pitch, as the voice.
    6. To increase in amount; to enlarge; as, his expenses rose beyond his expectations.
  4. In various figurative senses.
    1. To become excited, opposed, or hostile; to go to war; to take up arms; to rebel.
      "At our heels all hell should rise With blackest insurrection." [Milton.]
      "No more shall nation against nation rise." [Pope.]
    2. To attain to a better social position; to be promoted; to excel; to succeed.
      "Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall." [Shak.]
    3. 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.
    4. To come to mind; to be suggested; to occur.
      "A thought rose in me, which often perplexes men of contemplative natures." [Spectator.]
    5. To come; to offer itself.
      "There chanced to the prince's hand to rise An ancient book." [Spenser.]
  5. To ascend from the grave; to come to life."But now is Christ risen from the dead." [1. Cor. xv. 20.]
  6. To terminate an official sitting; to adjourn; as, the committee rose after agreeing to the report."It was near nine . . . before the House rose." [Macaulay.]
  7. To ascend on a musical scale; to take a higher pith; as, to rise a tone or semitone.
  8. [Print] To be lifted, or to admit of being lifted, from the imposing stone without dropping any of the type; -- said of a form.
    synonyms: To arise; mount; ascend; climb; scale.

Usage: Rise Appreciate. Some in America use the word appreciate for “rise in value;” as, stocks appreciate, money appreciates, etc. This use is not unknown in England, but it is less common there. It is undesirable, because rise sufficiently expresses the idea, and appreciate has its own distinctive meaning, which ought not to be confused with one so entirely different.

Etymology: AS. rīsan; akin to OS. rīsan, D. rijzen, OHG. rīsan to rise, fall, Icel. rīsa, Goth. urreisan, G. reise journey. CF. Arise Raise Rear (v.)

noun Rise
  1. The act of rising, or the state of being risen.
  2. 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.
  3. Land which is somewhat higher than the rest; as, the house stood on a rise of land.(Colloq)
  4. Spring; source; origin; as, the rise of a stream."All wickednes taketh its rise from the heart." [R. Nelson.]
  5. Appearance above the horizon; as, the rise of the sun or of a planet.
  6. Increase; advance; augmentation, as of price, value, rank, property, fame, and the like."The rise or fall that may happen in his constant revenue by a Spanish war." [Sir W. Temple.]
  7. Increase of sound; a swelling of the voice."The ordinary rises and falls of the voice." [Bacon.]
  8. Elevation or ascent of the voice; upward change of key; as, a rise of a tone or semitone.
  9. The spring of a fish to seize food (as a fly) near the surface of the water.
verb 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."Until we rose the bark we could not pretend to call it a chase." [W. C. Russell.]

Etymology: See Rise (v. i.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of changing location in an upward direction
  2. Increase in price or value
  3. The property possessed by a slope or surface that rises
  4. The amount a salary is increased
  5. An increase in cost ("they asked for a 10% rise in rates")
  6. A growth in strength or number or importance
  7. (theology) the origination of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost
  8. A wave that lifts the surface of the water or ground
  9. A movement upward ("they cheered the rise of the hot-air balloon")
  10. An upward slope or grade (as in a road) ("the car couldn't make it up the rise")
  11. Get up and out of bed
  12. Return from the dead ("Christ is risen!" and "The dead are to uprise")
  13. Increase in value or to a higher point
  14. Rise in rank or status
  15. Become more extreme
  16. Go up or advance
  17. Exert oneself to meet a challenge ("rise to a challenge" and "rise to the occasion")
  18. Become heartened or elated
  19. Move upward
  20. Move to a better position in life or to a better job
  21. Come up, of celestial bodies ("The sun also rises")
  22. Increase in volume
  23. Rise to one's feet
  24. Come to the surface
  25. Take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance
  26. Come into existence; take on form or shape
  27. Rise up

From Middle English risen, from Old English rīsan, from Proto-Germanic *rīsaną, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁rey- (“to rise, arise”). See also raise.


Cognate with West Frisian rize, Saterland Frisian riese (“to arise”), Dutch rijzen (“to rise, ascend, lift”), German Low German riesen (“to rise; arise”), German dialectal reisen (“to fall”), Norwegian Nynorsk risa (“to rise”), Icelandic rísa (“to rise”). Related also to German reisen (“to travel, fare”), Dutch reizen (“to travel”), Danish rejse (“to travel”), Swedish resa (“to travel”). Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian rris (“I raise, grow”) and Russian рост (rost, “growth”).

From the above verb.

  1. The process of or an action or instance of moving upwards or becoming greater.
    The of the tide.
    There was a of nearly two degrees since yesterday.
    Exercise is usually accompanied by a temporary in blood pressure.
  2. The process of or an action or instance of coming to prominence.
    The of the working class.
    The of the printing press.
    The of the feminists.
  3. (chiefly Britain) An increase (in a quantity, price, etc).
  4. The amount of material extending from waist to crotch in a pair of trousers or shorts.
    The of his pants was so low that his tailbone was exposed.
  5. (Britain, Ireland, Australia) An increase in someone's pay rate; a raise (US).
    The governor just gave me a of two pound six.
  6. (Sussex) A small hill; used chiefly in place names.
  7. An area of terrain that tends upward away from the viewer, such that it conceals the region behind it; a slope.
  8. (informal) An angry reaction.
    I knew that would get a out of him.

From Middle English ris, rys, from Old English hrīs, from Proto-Germanic *hrīsą (“twig; shoot”). More at rice.

  1. Alternative form of rice (“twig”)

    rise was also found in the following language(s): Italian, Latin, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, and Tarantino

    Notable Persons Named Rise

    Notable Persons Named Rise

    Risë Stevens

    Her most notable accomplishments were from 1941 to 1974. Risë was given the name Risë Gus Steenberg on June 11th, 1913 in New York City, U.S. Risë is also known as Steenberg and Rise. She passed away on March 20th, 2013.

    Rise Punva

    Rise Punva is an athlete for the Clube Do Bilene Quelimane.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Rise

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Rise

    Ola By Rise

    Ola By Rise is a soccer player for the Rosenborg BK, Norway national under-21 football team, and Norway national football team. Ola was born on November 14th, 1960 in Trondheim.

    Lasse Rise

    Lasse Rise is a soccer player for the Esbjerg fB, Brøndby IF, BK Avarta, Lyngby Boldklub, and Randers FC. Lasse was born on June 9th, 1986 in Denmark.

    Jostein Rise

    Jostein was born in 1945.

    Bjarne Rise

    Bjarne Rise was an artist. Bjarne was born on June 18th, 1904 in Minneapolis, USA. He passed away on September 30th, 1984.

    Lars Rise

    Lars was born on March 18th, 1955 in Hamar.

    Bendik Rise

    Bendik Rise is a sports team member for the IL Hødd.


    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Rise U.S.
      White 88.59% 64.26%
      African American 7.03% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.66% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Rise

    People with the last name Rise are most frequently White

    Entire United States

    Fun Facts about the name Rise

  1. How Popular is the name Rise? Rise is the 10,340th most popular name of all time. As a last name Rise was the 41,359th most popular name in 2010.
  2. How many people with the first name Rise have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,087 babies born with the first name Rise in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rise to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  3. What year were 5 or more babies first named Rise? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1942 when it was given as a first name to 15 new born babies.
  4. When was Rise first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rise is Friday, March 26th, 1875.
  5. What year had the most people named Rise born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rise was in 1955 with a total of 67 babies.
  6. Random Rise Factoid: According to the 1947 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rise is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name in 1947.
  7. Weird things about the name Rise: The name spelled backwards is Esir. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ersi. How do you pronounce that?
  8. How many people have the last name Rise? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 526 people with the last name Rise.
  9. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rise? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Rise as their last name since less than 1 person in 556k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  10. Rise name meaning

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