Arise or rise

The verb arise means to start working or living, to begin. It can also meant to wake up or stand up. The latter definition is used mostly in formal settings, especially in courtrooms. To arise from something is to come from it or happen as an effect of it.

The past tense is arose and the past participle is arisen.

The verb rise means to physically move in an upward direction. This term is used especially with celestial bodies like the stars and sun. To rise above something is to act in a way that is better than others, usually when something bad has been done and one chooses to forgive or not seek revenge. Someone can rise above his or her circumstances to be better, either financially or morally.

The past tense is rose and the past participle is risen.


There are always differences of opinion… but if we can speak, we can always resolve our differences,” he said. We have proposed a joint committee (Israel, the Palestinians and FIFA)… and I hope we will be able to resolve all problems as they arise. [Times of Israel]

Eventually, someone complained: Yeshiva University said in a statement last month that after “particular allegations” of “inappropriate behavior” arose, it had contacted the Rabbinical Council of America. [The New York Times]

His rise from a classroom to sporting power and his spectacular fall from football grace say much about how the world’s most popular game is run, and what ails it. [The Washington Post]

In the mornings, the cicadas took up the song in the Corsican pines, cranking up like old gramophones as the sun rose higher. [The Guardian]

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