What’s the Difference between Rise, Raise and Arise 

Hi English learners! Welcome to a new lesson. We will discuss the difference between the verbs rise, raise and arise.


If someone or something rises, then they move upwards. Rise is an irregular verb – rise/rose/risen. Being an intransitive verb, it doesn’t take an object.

  • Sandra rose early this morning. (got up)
  • When I came into his office, he rose to greet me. (he stood up)
  • The sun rises later in the wintertime.
  • After the snow melted, the river rose and flooded the area.
  • The smoke rose from the burning forest.
  • The balloons rose into the air.

It also means to increase in number or amount.

  • The prices of electricity have risen this week.
  • Sales rose by 10 per cent compared to last year.
  • The people rose in rebellion against the government.
  • The temperature will be rising slowly towards the end of the month.

If we say that feelings or emotions rise, then they become stronger.

  • His love for her rose every day.
  • Anger and dissatisfaction rose among the people before the war.


To raise something generally means to move it to a higher position. It is a regular transitive verb which usually takes an object.

  • They ordered two men to raise the flags.
  • The student raised his hand.
  • Sally raised the hammer and started hitting the meat with it.
  • She raised the perfume bottle and smelled it.

We will often find the verb raise in the following expressions:

  • A new drug raises hopes for more successful cancer treatment. (it  makes people expect that it will be successful)
  • The Minister raised a question of unemployment. (he brought the problem to the attention of others)
  • Michael raised doubts about the efficiency of the new transport system. (he showed his concern)
  • The new government promised to raise the standard of living. (to improve it)

It also means to bring up a child.

  • The Petersons raised two children.
  • Today, many children are being raised in single-parent families.

Also: to collect money.

  • They raised a lot of money for charity last year.


The verb arise is mainly used with abstract nouns to describe a situation or emerging problem. It is an irregular verb – raise/arose/arisen which takes no object.

  • An opportunity arose to work for a multinational company in Bruxelles.
  • An argument arose among the attendees at the meeting.
  • If the need for more accountants arises, we’ll let you know.
  • The problem of climate change naturally arose at the meeting.
  • After the accident, tension arose between the two countries.
the difference between Rise, Raise and Arise
the difference between Rise, Raise and Arise

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