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rise above

1. To achieve superiority over someone or something. The star pupil rose far above the rest of the students in his class. There are points where the film rises above simple cinema and transcends into art.
2. To act more maturely than someone; to disregard or refuse to engage in petty or unimportant actions or behavior. Listen, I know they get on your nerves, but you've got to rise above such belittling comments. I'm still trying to rise above my tendency to get angry at other drivers.
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rise above something

 
1. Lit. to move up above something. The huge sun rose above the horizon and spread its red glow across the sea.
2. Fig. [for one] to ignore petty matters and do what one is meant to do in spite of them. He was able to rise above the squabbling and bring some sense to the proceedings. Jane was never able to rise above her petty dislikes.
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rise above

v.
1. To move upward above something: The balloon rose above the trees.
2. To extend upward; be prominent over something: The tower rises above the hill.
3. To be superior to something or someone: Her performance rises above that of her peers.
4. To adopt a better attitude in order to avoid being burdened or concerned with something: He rose above the silly arguing among his classmates and thought of his own ideas.
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In response to requests from a bipartisan group of senators and members of Congress, the 2005 "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" Committee (a group of twenty distinguished and diverse individuals from the business, scientific, and academic sectors) undertook a study of the changes in America's competitiveness in the global market.
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Churchill showed his strength of character by rising above all this and if it wasn't for him Britain would not exist.
Yet Harriet Hemings, Slave Daughter of Thomas Jefferson, 1999, another bit of mixed-media family history, makes Tale of the Tragic Mulatto seem downright enigmatic: In the lower right-hand corner of the painting is a portrait of Jefferson; at the lower left is Sally Hemings; and linked to and rising above them is a larger portrait of their child Harriet Hemings.
They suspect that low-ranking monkeys selectively play dumb, probably to avoid rising above their humble social status and attracting retaliation from dominant animals.
When choice abounds, customer service is a powerful means of rising above the competition.
ISLAMABAD, May 22, 2011 (Frontier Star): Hassan Sadpara warmly thanked President of Pakistan for support and looking forward for his kind co-operation in future, to climb total fourteen peaks of the world rising above 8000 meters.
The classic Art Deco landmark property is being transformed by Metrovest into a 14-acre, 10-building luxury condominium residential community rising above New Jersey's Gold Coast.