‘give rise to’ means ‘to cause something’ in the Cambridge dictionary. But I think ‘arise’ is more similar to ‘cause’ than ‘rise’ according to this.
What is difference between ‘give rise to’ and ‘cause’? And why ‘rise’ not ‘arise’?

  • The idiomatic expression is “give rise” which has a transitive usage, unlike arise and rise.
    – user29952
    Commented Jul 6, 2018 at 12:45
  • We can also use occasion as a verb meaning to cause [to occur] - for example, His death occasioned her much grief. There's not much point in trying to pin down possible nuances of difference between give rise to, cause, occasion, etc. - just assume they can be synonymous. Commented Jul 6, 2018 at 13:02

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The word rise, in this context, is a noun meaning beginning or origin, whereas arise is a verb which means to begin to occur or to exist.

So give rise to means to cause the beginning of something, e.g. The general's success gave rise to new problems.

If you want to use arise instead you could write it as The general's success made new problems arise.

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