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

Council Oak steakhouse will move to a new location from its temporary ballroom site, but high-end Japanese restaurant Kuro will stay in its current space in the old wing. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Hard Rock Hollywood opens new food court, center bar and bigger Bol restaurant," 9 Aug. 2019 Instead, companies are building more options on the higher end of the spectrum. Stephen J. Beard, Indianapolis Star, "6 graphics that explain Carmel's affordable housing crunch," 9 Aug. 2019 Like Ciuffa, Spilky cautioned about taking Callie too high end. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A star chef’s tortured, year-long quest for the perfect restaurant location ends in the East Village," 9 Aug. 2019 Additionally, Welch intends to soften the interior with French wall coverings and upgrade the lighting to enhance the ambiance necessary for a high-end dining establishment. Laura Ness, The Mercury News, "Change is coming to West Valley restaurants, wineries," 9 Aug. 2019 Related has business holdings in the United States and abroad, much of it in real estate, including high-end developments in London and the Middle East, according to the company's website. CBS News, "Trump fundraiser puts billionaire host Stephen Ross on defensive," 9 Aug. 2019 Royal attended Chico State and majored in plant science, but the focus was on corn and row crops, not high-end wine grapes. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Meet Brenae Royal, the young, black female farmer behind one of Sonoma’s most important vineyards," 9 Aug. 2019 The guys were never far from his mind, even after AmeriCorps ended and Feinman became a high-end personal trainer to earn a living. Stephanie Emma Pfeffer, PEOPLE.com, "InnerCity Weightlifting Gets Young Men Off the Street, Into the Gym — and Focused on the Future," 8 Aug. 2019 With Amazon said to be at work on a high-end Echo speaker, the timing would fit if Sonos wants to head off its competitors. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Sonos is gearing up for new hardware this fall," 8 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

In town to save a struggling car dealership from bankruptcy, a high-powered salesman unexpectedly falls in love and finds his soul. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 People are not predisposed at birth to buy high-powered guns and fire them at strangers. Rod Rosenstein, Time, "How To Stop White Supremacist Terrorism," 8 Aug. 2019 Coming off two straight eight-win seasons, the Cyclones are the rare Big 12 team that's built to stop the high-powered spread offenses that populate the conference. The Si Staff, SI.com, "2019 Preview: Iowa State Poised to Make Serious Noise in Big 12," 8 Aug. 2019 Connor Betts used the high-powered .223 caliber firearm to kill nine people and wound 14 others in a 30-second spasm of violence in Dayton, Ohio, authorities said. Rich Schapiro, NBC News, "Dayton shooter's gun called an 'orchestra of metal and hellfire'," 6 Aug. 2019 But in capitalizing on a rare opportunity against a high-powered defense, the Lions were able to snap a scoring funk. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City attack roars, Lions net 2-0 home win over FC Dallas," 5 Aug. 2019 In the Dayton shooting — as was the case in El Paso and scores of other rampages — the gunman was armed with a high-powered rifle that allowed him to exact massive amount of bloodshed quickly. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Several 2020 Democrats say President Trump deserves some blame for El Paso, Ohio shootings," 4 Aug. 2019 And last month, police seized what is thought to be one of the largest ever caches of high-powered explosives uncovered in the city. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "After major Hong Kong shopping district rocked by chaos, twin protests loom," 4 Aug. 2019 But as the Cardinals took the field for the first time Friday, Copeland was a full participant, reprising his role as the team’s leader and the focal point of a high-powered offense. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "Quarterback Copeland back to full strength as UIW opens fall practice," 2 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Christian Vazquez has set career highs this season in HR (18), RBI (52), hits (100), BB (22), and games played (101). ... Andrew Mahoney, BostonGlobe.com, "Game 122: Indians vs. Red Sox lineups and notes," 12 Aug. 2019 The at-times-electric Dominican took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Tuesday in Seattle, throwing a season-high 104 pitches and tying a career-high with 12 strikeouts in just his sixth big league start since his elbow reconstruction. Jeff Sanders, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dinelson Lamet wild early, Padres’ bullpen falters late," 11 Aug. 2019 Rondón’s average fastball velocity in 2018, his first year in Houston, was a career high. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "‘Calm down and trust the process’: Astros’ José Altuve knows rebuilds like Orioles’ can pay off," 10 Aug. 2019 The wide receiver posted career-highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns. oregonlive.com, "Former Oregon prep star Kendrick Bourne making his case for a roster spot during the San Francisco 49ers’ training camp," 6 Aug. 2019 The result: Before Monday’s game, opponents were hitting .292 against Tanaka’s splitter, a career high. James Wagner, New York Times, "Latest Casualty of M.L.B.’s Changing Ball: Masahiro Tanaka’s Splitter," 5 Aug. 2019 The year before that, in 2017, Gennett hit .295 and posted career highs with 27 homers (including four in one game) and 97 RBIs. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Giants trades breakdown: The skinny on Scooter Gennett, 7 other acquisitions," 31 July 2019 Last year, with MVP Patrick Mahomes throwing to him, Hill set a career-high in receiving yards (1,479) and touchdowns (12). Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Kansas City Chiefs wideout Tyreek Hill leaves practice on cart after leg injury," 29 July 2019 The Suns finished last season 19-63, their second-worst record in franchise history despite Booker averaging career highs in points (26.6 ppg.) and assists (6.8 apg). Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns: Why Devin Booker's name hasn't surfaced to join Team USA," 24 July 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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