high

adjective
\ ˈhī How to pronounce high (audio) \

Definition of high

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : rising or extending upward a great distance : taller than average, usual, or expected a high wall a high fly ball
b : having a specified height or elevation : tall six feet high often used in combinations sky-highwaist-high
c : situated or passing above the normal level, surface, base of measurement, or elevation the high desert
2a(1) : advanced toward the acme or culmination high summer
(2) : advanced toward the most active or culminating period on the Riviera during high season
(3) : constituting the late, most fully developed, or most creative stage or period high Gothic
(4) : advanced in complexity, development, or elaboration the higher primates including humans higher mathematics
b : verging on lateness usually used in the phrase high time It's high time he won an award.
c : long past : remote high antiquity
3 : elevated in pitch (see pitch entry 4 sense 4b(1)) a high note
4 : relatively far from the equator high latitude
5 : rich in quality : luxurious high living
6 : slightly tainted or spoiled high game meat also : malodorous smelled rather high
7 : exalted or elevated in character : noble high purposes
8 : of greater degree, amount, cost, value, or content than average, usual, or expected high prices high temperatures high blood pressure traveling at a high rate of speed unemployment was high
9 : of relatively great importance: such as
a : foremost in rank, dignity, or standing high officials
b : serious, grave high crimes
c : observed with the utmost solemnity high religious observances
d : critical, climactic the high point of the novel
e : intellectually or artistically of the first order or best quality high culture
f : marked by sublime, heroic, or stirring events or subject matter high tragedy a tale of high adventure
10 : forcible, strong high winds
11 : stressing matters of doctrine and ceremony specifically : high church
12a : filled with or expressing great joy or excitement high spirits
b : intoxicated by or as if by a drug or alcohol high on cocaine
13 : articulated or pronounced with some part of the tongue close to the palate a high vowel
high on
: enthusiastically in approval or support of party leaders high on a new candidate

high

adverb

Definition of high (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : at or to a high place, altitude, level, or degree climbed higher passions ran high
2 : well, luxuriously often used in the phrases high off the hog and high on the hog

high

noun

Definition of high (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : an elevated place or region: such as
a : hill, knoll
b : the space overhead : sky usually used with on birds wheeling on high
c : heaven usually used with on wisdom from on high
2 : a region where the pressure of the atmosphere is greater than normal : a region of high barometric pressure a high moving out to the east

called also anticyclone

3a : a point or level of greater amount, number, or degree than average or expected : a high point or level sales reached a new high mostly sunny with highs in the 80s the highs and lows of her career
b : the transmission gear of a vehicle (such as an automobile) giving the greatest speed of travel put it into high
4a : an excited, euphoric, or stupefied state produced by or as if by a drug produces a high that lasts several hours coming down from the high of their wedding day
b : a state of elation or high spirits the high of victory

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Adjective

high, tall, lofty mean above the average in height. high implies marked extension upward and is applied chiefly to things which rise from a base or foundation or are placed at a conspicuous height above a lower level. a high hill a high ceiling tall applies to what grows or rises high by comparison with others of its kind and usually implies relative narrowness. a tall thin man lofty suggests great or imposing altitude. lofty mountain peaks

Adjective

high, tall, and lofty mean above the usual level in height. high is used of height that is measured from the ground or some other standard. A high fence surrounds the yard. tall is used of something that is considered high when compared to others of the same kind. He's tall for his age. lofty is used of something that rises to a grand or impressive height. They soared over lofty mountains.

Examples of high in a Sentence

Adjective

The apartment has high ceilings. The airplane was high above the clouds. The bush is six feet high. a building 100 stories high They have a home in the high country. The houses are built on high ground. They reached speeds as high as 100 mph. He's being treated for high blood pressure. She earns a high salary. His books are in high demand.

Adverb

The painter climbed high on the ladder. The hawks were circling high in the air. The letters were stacked high on the table. buy low and sell high

Noun

Oil prices reached a new high last winter. The forecast is for showers with highs in the 70s. The high only lasted a few minutes.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The state fire marshal on Thursday suspended the use and sale of all fireworks in areas where fire danger is the highest. Jeff Parrott, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage bans all outdoor burning and warns of health risks heading into a hot, smoky weekend," 29 June 2019 Açaí berries, rich in antioxidants and high in fiber, are either pureed or blended with coconut or almond milk to form the base. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Vitality Bowls brings açaí bowl craze to Rocky River," 28 June 2019 The scores are graded from level 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest. Adelaide Chen, orlandosentinel.com, "Database: 2019 reading and math scores for Central Florida schools," 28 June 2019 Economic impact The number of licenses sold for Michigan’s firearm deer-hunting season in 2018 was down to 621,000 from a high of 785,000 deer hunters in 1998, a nearly 21% reduction. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Proposed legislation boosts funding for Michigan conservation efforts," 28 June 2019 Chick-fil-A scored the highest with an 86, one point lower than in 2018. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Chick-fil-A is America's No. 1 fast-food restaurant again. Parents love it and hate it," 27 June 2019 As a result, the country has an alarming rate of out of school children - 10.5 million, the highest in the world, according to Unicef. Valentine Iwenwanne And Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, "The school where parents pay tuition fees with plastic bottles," 27 June 2019 Bitcoin soared as much as 39% this week to $13,852, the highest since January 2018. Bloomberg News, The Mercury News, "10-minute, $1,800 plunge shows Bitcoin’s volatility," 27 June 2019 The Olallie Ale is the highest ranked of the brand's year-round beers on BeerAdvocate.com. Brierley Horton, Health.com, "8 Best Gluten-Free Beers You'll Want to Stock Up On," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Several high-ranking members of the Giants organization speculated that Dean would retain the role of CEO with Baer losing the title upon the conclusion of Baer’s suspension. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants’ Larry Baer to return as CEO, organization changes leadership structure," 29 June 2019 Daniel Olivier, an air force spokesman, said the sergeant enlisted in 2000 and had served since March 2010 in the Special Transportation Group, a unit that provides transport for Brazil’s president and other high-ranking officials. Washington Post, "Brazil airman can face drug charges in Spain and at home," 28 June 2019 Check out the quick reviews below of our top five water filters, or scroll deeper for more helpful buying info and full reviews of those models plus other high-ranking options. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 8 Best Water Filters to Purify Your Home’s Water," 28 June 2019 The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently released a list of 49 high-ranking projects under consideration for funding by state legislators in 2020. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "‘Damage would certainly be done’: Concerns rise about possible Louisville-area bypass," 27 June 2019 Her father is a high-ranking officer in the German army. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, "Survival is complicated for ‘Hitler’s Tasters’," 25 June 2019 The abortive coup Saturday in the Amhara region was led by a high-ranking military officer and others in the armed forces, said Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who addressed the nation on state TV at 2 a.m. while wearing fatigues. oregonlive.com, "Ethiopia says military chief killed, regional coup failed," 23 June 2019 As a Wife to a high-ranking leader in Gilead, Eleanor is supposed to be embody Gilead's ideals for an elite woman. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "What's The Deal With Commander Lawrence's Wife In The Handmaid's Tale?," 20 June 2019 The Ohio auditor concluded that the Budish administration illegally awarded $63,000 in incentives to eight county employees, including a $15,000 bonus to a high-ranking official. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com, "Excusable mistakes or bad governance? A look back at 17 months under Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Olson matched his career highs with two home runs and five RBIs, and Fiers allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings as the A’s evened the four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels with a 7-2 win at Angel Stadium. Dan Arritt/correspondent, The Mercury News, "Olson’s big night, Fiers’ first-pitch tricks key to A’s win," 29 June 2019 Turnbull has pitched 89 2/3 innings this season, already creeping up on his career high of 135 2/3, set last year. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Spencer Turnbull on IL: 'We’re not going to risk anything'," 28 June 2019 The lake is poised to break its all-time monthly record high, again, bringing headaches for just about anyone on the lake. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Ohio House wants to rewrite school funding: The Wake Up for Thursday, June 27, 2019," 27 June 2019 Marte already has 20 home runs, six more than his previous high for a season (2018) and 51 RBIs, eight fewer than his previous best for an entire season, also last year. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Ketel Marte being one of baseball's best players this season is 'no mystery' to him," 25 June 2019 Border apprehensions reached a high of nearly 1.7 million in 1986 and continued cycling down and up through the 1990s with a similar peak in fiscal 2000. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Border apprehensions: Looking to the past to understand the current spike in illegal crossings," 23 June 2019 All of her life’s incredibly high highs and deeply low lows, loves and loss, wealth and debt, seemed tucked into that homey, comforting sandwich. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Make a Huge Pie This Weekend," 22 June 2019 The last contract was bargained over in better times, when auto sales were growing from financial crisis lows to all-time highs and GM was marching toward record profits. BostonGlobe.com, "US CEO hands Oxford University $189 million for AI studies," 20 June 2019 Doug has had some real highs and some real lows in this league. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al.com, "‘All loving’ Raiders running backs guiding rookie Josh Jacobs," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of high

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for high

Adjective, Adverb, and Noun

Middle English, from Old English hēah; akin to Old High German hōh high, Lithuanian kaukaras hill

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high

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of high

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: rising or extending upward a great distance
: extending or reaching upward more than other things of the same kind
: located far above the ground or another surface

high

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of high (Entry 2 of 3)

: at or to a high place or level
: at a high rate
: at a high price

high

noun

English Language Learners Definition of high (Entry 3 of 3)

: a high point or level
US : a gear that is used for faster speeds of travel in a vehicle
informal : a state of intoxication produced by a drug

high

adjective
\ ˈhī How to pronounce high (audio) \
higher; highest

Kids Definition of high

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : extending to a great distance above the ground high mountains
2 : having a specified elevation : tall The building is 50 stories high.
3 : of greater degree, size, amount, or cost than average high temperatures high speed
4 : having great force high winds
5 : pitched or sounding above some other sound a high note a high voice
6 : very serious high crimes
7 : of the best quality high art
8 : rich in quality high living

high

adverb
higher; highest

Kids Definition of high (Entry 2 of 3)

: at or to a high place or degree She jumped higher than the others.

high

noun

Kids Definition of high (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a high point or level Prices reached a new high.
2 : a region of high barometric pressure A strong high brought clear skies.
3 : the arrangement of gears in an automobile giving the highest speed of travel
on high
: in the sky : up above clouds on high

high

adjective
\ ˈhī How to pronounce high (audio) \

Medical Definition of high

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having a complex organization : greatly differentiated or developed phylogenetically usually used in the comparative degree of advanced types of plants and animals the higher algaethe higher apes — compare low
2a : exhibiting elation or euphoric excitement a high patient
b : being intoxicated also : excited or stupefied by or as if by a drug (as marijuana or heroin)

high

noun

Medical Definition of high (Entry 2 of 2)

: an excited, euphoric, or stupefied state especially : one produced by or as if by a drug (as heroin)

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