"When we are done, we rise up into the sky and become a star..." (Source)

I accidentally came across this website and bumped into "rise up". I would like to know if it's a superfluous usage or some usage I'm not aware of?

The idea of "up" is already contained in the verb "rise", which means moving something to a higher level and "rise" means "to move upwards; ascend". What difference is there between "rise up" and "rise"?

  • It's an idiom ("phrasal verb") that means the same thing as rise. In that aspect, it would be superfluous, but not uncommon or unidiomatic to use up with it. But I don't see why you couldn't look this up on your own, because the definition is easily accessible online. – user3395 Jul 3 '17 at 11:46
  • @userr2684291 Nope, neither google.ru/… nor google.ru/… give information – SovereignSun Jul 3 '17 at 11:48
  • My apologies. I falsely assumed you'd taken an Advanced Googling Techniques & Strats course at university. Try entering the following search strings into a search engine (one at a time): rise up meaning or rise up definition. Note that online doesn't mean you have to bing or duckduckgo it – you can look it up directly using a built-in search function on certain dictionary websites. – user3395 Jul 3 '17 at 12:21
  • This answer by StoneyB helps identify the distinction between such seemingly equivalent words in their real-world usage. – user3395 Jul 3 '17 at 12:34
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    But you cannot make it drink up. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 3 '17 at 12:50

Words like up, out, away are sometimes used with verbs of motion in a redundant manner (e.g. rise, rise up, fall, fall down, etc.) to indicate that the motion is significant, far, or over a significant/far distance. It's a form of emphasis.

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