What does 'rise to (do)' mean in this sentence? Something like 'come to' or 'get to'?

They later went to work at regular jobs. But none rose to become a good scholar or a fine artist.

  • 2
    "Rise up in the ranks" -- attain higher rank or skill level.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Mar 15, 2019 at 0:09

1 Answer 1


It's closer to "get to" (or, more closely, "go on to"/"went on to") than "come to", unless the speaker and audience are all fine scholars and artists.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.