Definition of


  1. (verb, stative) come into existence; take on form or shape
    a love that sprang up from friendship
    the idea for the book grew out of a short story
    An interesting phenomenon uprose
  2. (verb, stative) originate or come into being
  3. (verb, motion) rise to one's feet
  4. (verb, change) result or issue
  5. (verb, motion) move upward
    The smoke arose from the forest fire
    The mist uprose from the meadows
  6. (verb, social) take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance
  7. (verb, body) get up and out of bed
    They rose early
    He uprose at night

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Arise

lie down, sit down

Origin of the word Arise

  1. O.E. arisan (cognate with O.S. arisan, Goth. urreisan), from a- (1) "of" + rise (q.v.). Mostly replaced by rise except in ref. to circumstances. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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