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 combination 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

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 New York State and City are unusually dependent on high earners; in the city, the one-percenters paid 42.5 percent of all income taxes in 2018. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "‘Stuffing Their Mouths with Gold’ — Selling the Biden/Yellen Tax Cartel," 10 Apr. 2021 All things considered, California’s real estate taxes aren’t that high — at least compared with the rest of the country. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Real Estate newsletter: Iconic Hearst estate hits the clearance rack," 10 Apr. 2021 Our neighbor’s trustworthiness is so high, and his ego is so balanced, that he was relied upon by the leadership of both political parties in the Senate throughout his 35-year career. Steve West, sun-sentinel.com, "Palm Beach County’s most powerful, least famous person | Opinion," 9 Apr. 2021 Molchanov explained that when oil prices are high and company cash flows are strong, that is when companies do more buybacks – but, of course, that is also when share prices tend to be expensive. Palash Ghosh, Forbes, "‘Hard To Win This Game’: BP Poised To Become First Oil Major To Resume Share Buybacks – But Competitors Remain Cautious," 9 Apr. 2021 Emergency management officials said the ash column was about 32,000 feet high and that the ash was headed east into the Atlantic Ocean. NBC News, "Explosive eruption rocks volcano on Caribbean's St. Vincent," 9 Apr. 2021 The bar for any new blue is high, says Erick Leite Bastos, a chemist at the University of São Paulo, São Paulo, who is working on developing a blue dye derived from beetroot. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "A pigment from red cabbage could help turn your favorite foods blue," 9 Apr. 2021 For Amazon, and its workforce, the stakes of the vote were incredibly high. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Amazon gains enough votes to defeat union drive at Alabama warehouse," 9 Apr. 2021 The city had been preparing to move to yellow next week but reported case counts that were slightly too high. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, "No yellow tier yet for Bay Area counties, as case counts creep up," 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb But the visiting side, which has contested a number of high-scoring games since being promoted to the Premier League, defended stubbornly. George Ramsay, CNN, "Premier League leader Manchester City stunned by 10-man Leeds United," 10 Apr. 2021 Chychrun had two assists to give him a career high in a single season, 17. Jose M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, "Coyotes blow lead, give up three goals in third period in loss to Kings," 7 Apr. 2021 The president is also expected to propose tax increases on high-earning individuals, a maneuver that many states are also weighing. New York Times, "New York State Is Set to Raise Taxes on Those Earning Over $1 Million," 5 Apr. 2021 Even among the comparatively high-functioning teens featured in the series, the condition manifests in distinct ways. Alex Barasch, The New Yorker, "Josh Thomas’s Comedy of Self-Diagnosis," 5 Apr. 2021 Skirts loosely fall into three waistline categories: high-waisted, mid-rise, and low-rise. Ana Sanchez, chicagotribune.com, "The best plus-size skirt," 4 Apr. 2021 White made a career best 7 3-pointers of 13 attempts en route to 29 points, a regular season career high. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "The triple take: Hawks 134, Spurs 129 (2 OT)," 1 Apr. 2021 This time the Friars’ high-powered offense will face the best defense in the state. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "High school football: This week’s top game," 1 Apr. 2021 The second-seeded Cardinals (26-3), fresh from a 60-42 defeat of sixth-seeded Oregon behind Dana Evans' career-high-tying 29 points, have swiveled their attention to Tara VanDerveer's Cardinal team (28-2). Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, "Elite Eight underdog? That's just where Louisville women's basketball wants to be," 30 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The surge in Musk’s fortune is primarily driven by the rise of Tesla shares, which are up more than 300% since last year’s list, even after taking into account a 32% drop in the share price since its January 2021 high of $900 per share. Sergei Klebnikov, Forbes, "Rocket Elon: How Tesla’s Eccentric Boss Became The Number Two Richest On Forbes’ 2021 Billionaires List," 6 Apr. 2021 Home sales in Midland fell by about 12% last year from their record high of 2905 in 2019, according to the Texas Real Estate Research Center. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "For highest paid real estate agents go West - West Texas that is and Midland," 30 Mar. 2021 The Russell 2000 index of smaller stocks has fallen 8.5% from its March 15 high. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, "ViacomCBS, Farfetch, Credit Suisse: What to Watch When the Stock Market Opens Today," 30 Mar. 2021 Then, after the week ends in Saturday’s darkness, comes the sunrise high of Easter Sunday and the miracle of resurrection. San Diego Union-Tribune, "For one San Diego chaplain, it’s Holy Week every day," 28 Mar. 2021 Demand for travel has been on the rise throughout March, hitting a pandemic high of more than 1.5 million passengers screens at TSA checkpoints on Sunday. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, "Regional airline discouraged pilots from getting COVID vaccine because of increased passenger demand," 25 Mar. 2021 Tesla has soared 25% in just the past five days but is still more than 20% off its record high. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Investing's newest superstar is having a rough month," 15 Mar. 2021 And even with the storm system, temperatures weren’t expected to dip below freezing Monday night and return to around or above the normal high in the mid- to upper 40s for mid-March by Tuesday. Leslie Bonilla, chicagotribune.com, "Dry, sunny start to Chicago weekend to give way to sloppy start to workweek," 12 Mar. 2021 GameStop got a 9 percent jolt at the opening bell, then swelled toward its record high of $347.51, set Jan. 27. Washington Post, "GameStop shares close in on $350, then nosedive in seesaw trading," 10 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of high was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for high

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

Choose the Right Synonym for high

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.

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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