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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



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



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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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


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


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.


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


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 rookie right-hander has not yet managed to pitch deep in a game, but performed well Saturday with two hits allowed in five scoreless innings, matching his career high for innings. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles ride rookie Yefry Ramírez to beat error-riddled Rangers, 1-0," 15 July 2018 In their search for a safe haven, the boys were reported to have used their hands to feel the walls for an opening to take them to a higher, safer spot. Johnson Lai And Jason Corben, Fox News, "Boys meant to stay 1 hour in cave, but outside, rains began," 13 July 2018 The Ariel accommodated a variety of breast sizes, accomplished with shoulder straps that curve higher into the armpit, rather than around the mid-torso. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 This fee was deemed too high by Arsenal for a player who managed just one goal and one assist in 28 appearances last season, which led to his omission from the Germany squad for the World Cup. SI.com, "Max Meyer Could Move to Turkey After Being Rejected By Liverpool and Arsenal Due to Wage Demands," 13 July 2018 The Hawks then acquired the rights to high-scoring former Oklahoma star Trae Young in the draft. Brian Mahoney, Houston Chronicle, "Source: Nets trade ex-Rocket Jeremy Lin to Hawks," 13 July 2018 Thanks in part to this laissez faire approach, and thanks in part to pressure to keep user counts high, Twitter also did little to stop the spread of bots, which have been used to scam users, influence elections, and generally drive everyone nuts. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is Twitter Good Now?," 13 July 2018 The host Rams were riding high entering Thursday’s regional championship game of the Phil Lawler Summer Classic. Bob Narang, Lake County News-Sun, "Comeback kids: Marcus Maristela and Kevin O’Brien help Grayslake Central reach regional championship game," 13 July 2018 Friday's high will reach 93 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The Courier-Journal, "5 things to know Friday: Yum Center, Papa John's fallout and more," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Even in pianissimo passagework high up in his instrument, Bell emphasized beauty of tone and silken legato line. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "CSO at Ravinia review: Marin Alsop poetically launches Bernstein tribute," 13 July 2018 For those who love it like Fraser and Lofgren and their counterparts Friday night, that's more than enough to put a fresh grip on the racquet and lace those sneakers up high and tight. Adam Baum, Cincinnati.com, "Princeton, Little Miami grads team up and take men's Met doubles championship," 13 July 2018 National Weather Service predicts a high near 92 degrees that will drop to 74 by the evening. The Courier-Journal, "5 things to know Friday: Yum Center, Papa John's fallout and more," 13 July 2018 This 1868 lighthouse, constructed from Cream City brick, sits high above Green Bay on a bluff in Peninsula State Park, one of the state's most popular parks. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 spectacular Lake Michigan lighthouses to visit in Wisconsin," 12 July 2018 Prices are still down 16% from their four-year high hit in early June. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Copper Rebounds After Long Slump," 12 July 2018 Irma’s silhouettes are powerful, yet boast a cheeky ’80s flair: Underwear is pulled up high above the hip bones, while bras range from flexible-wired versions with spaghetti straps to a more full-coverage sporty bandeau style. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "This Russian Lingerie Label Is Creating Cozy, Comfortable, and Sexy Underwear for All," 12 July 2018 This time, the central bank hopes for a softer landing with rates moving just high enough to avoid overheating without ending a nearly decade long expansion. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Senate rebuke of Trump tariffs won't actually change anything," 12 July 2018 Standing on the back patio of the clubhouse at Hunt Valley Country Club, perched high above the property’s rolling terrain, guests are afforded picturesque views of a rejuvenated golf course. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, "Hunt Valley Country Club," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Markets closed Wednesday with Papa John's stock in the 48-dollars per share range, down from a 52-week high of $81.09 per share. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "John Schnatter's departure makes for better Papa John's stock price," 12 July 2018 But sockeye catches so far range from record-setting highs at Bristol Bay to record lows nearly everywhere else. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "For Alaska sockeye salmon, record highs in Bristol Bay, record lows nearly everywhere else," 9 July 2018 Over the last decade, the number of teenagers working during the big school year break has declined from highs in the 1970s. refinery29.com, "My First Summer Job — & How It Got Me Where I Am Today," 29 June 2018 Shanghai’s index entered bear market territory, having dropped over 20 percent from a recent high in January. Annabelle Liang, The Seattle Times, "Global stocks mixed, Chinese market enters bear market," 26 June 2018 Beasley’s catches and yards fell by more than half from career highs in 2016. Washington Post, "Cowboys stress numbers over No. 1 at receiver without Bryant," 20 June 2018 As a result, GE’s shares have fallen roughly 60 percent, from highs close to $32 per share at the end of 2016 down to today’s close at $12.84. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Meaninglessness of the Stock Market Index in a Digital World," 20 June 2018 Unemployment has fallen from record highs, and investors are cautiously exploring whether to return. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "As Greece Ends a Decade of Bailouts, Problems Linger for Europe," 19 June 2018 Each season is rated relative to 2017-18, from a high of 21 percent stronger in 1965-66, the last year the NBA had nine teams, to a low of 10 percent weaker in 2004-05, the last time the league expanded. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Where do Detroit Pistons' Bad Boys teams rank among NBA's greatest?," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of high


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


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


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

History and Etymology for high


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


see high entry 1


see high entry 1

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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



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



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

: a high point or level

: a gear that is used for faster speeds of travel in a vehicle

: a state of intoxication produced by a drug


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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


higher; highest

Kids Definition of high (Entry 2 of 3)

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



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


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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)



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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