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From Middle English uprisen, from Old English *ūprīsan (to rise up), equivalent to up- +‎ rise. Cognate with Icelandic upprisa (resurrection), Middle Low German oprīsinge (uprising). Compare also Icelandic uppreisn (an uprising, revolt).


uprise (third-person singular simple present uprises, present participle uprising, simple past uprose, past participle uprisen)

  1. (archaic) To rise; to get up.
  2. (archaic) To have an upward direction or inclination.
    • 1842, Alfred Tennyson, “A Vision of Sin”, in The Complete Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson, Chicago, Ill.: The Dominion Company, published 1897, →OCLC, stanza V, page 317:
      The voice grew faint: there came a further change; / Once more uprose the mystic mountain range: / Below were men and horses pierc'd with worms, / And slowly quickening into lower forms; []
  3. To rebel or revolt; to take part in an uprising.
    • 1998, William B. Griffen, Apaches at War and Peace, page 92:
      They had decided to uprise rather than face punishment, and they wanted all the help they could get.


uprise (plural uprises)

  1. The act of rising; appearance above the horizon; rising.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “uprise”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)