high

adjective
\ ˈhī \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Choose the Right Synonym for high

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The rate of liver cancer incidence is rising faster than that for any other cancer — a trend the American Cancer Society attributes to the high rate of undiagnosed hepatitis C among baby boomers. Julia Belluz, Vox, "We’re making real progress against cancer. But you may not know it if you’re poor.," 8 Jan. 2019 Because of their high levels of beta-carotene, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and carrots are some of the best foods for your immune system and vision. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pumpkin-Carrot Soup," 7 Jan. 2019 The copper tone of the interior and exterior of the LF1 Limitless was inspired by high end kitchenware. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Lexus' Latest Concept Car Was Inspired By a Copper Pot," 18 Dec. 2018 To keep those investors happy, Square Capital also has to charge higher interest rates than banks, which are funded by low-cost deposits. Peter Rudegeair, WSJ, "A $150,000 Small Business Loan—From an App," 28 Dec. 2018 And at the district level, according to Bitzer’s calculations, the Ninth had a much higher rate of unreturned absentee ballots than any other district in North Carolina. Dylan Scott, Vox, "More evidence piles up in North Carolina election fraud scandal," 26 Dec. 2018 The opportunity for error when dealing with bleach is high, which can mean hiding under a hat for months. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "5 Things You Need To Know Before Going Platinum," 17 Dec. 2018 From specialty chocolates and heavenly candles to high-end headphones and glam accessories, there's something for everyone in this holiday edit. 'Tis the season for getting together — and looking extra-special doing so. Nicola Fumo, Harper's BAZAAR, "Thoughtful Gifts For Everyone On Your List," 12 Dec. 2018 To add insult to injury, December has the highest rate of home fires, and this is supposed to be a Christmas movie. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Why Does Life-Size 2 Promote The Most Dangerous Mistake Homeowners Can Make?," 4 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Katie Brennan told high-ranking members of the Murphy administration, including the governor’s chief counsel, about an alleged assault. Kate King, WSJ, "Lawmakers Grill Murphy Officials Over Handling of Sexual-Assault Claim," 8 Jan. 2019 However, high-ranking DOJ and FBI officials during both the Obama and Trump administrations have continued to lambast this issue. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Apple to Australia: “This is no time to weaken encryption”," 13 Oct. 2018 Martin now is tied for third on the team in sacks with two (Clark has 11, a new career high, and Jarran Reed 6.5). Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "The Final Word: Bob Condotta examines what worked in the Seahawks’ win vs. the Vikings," 11 Dec. 2018 The costs of compliance were in some cases high, but the long-terms benefits of giving the disabled access to businesses and public spaces have outweighed those costs. C. Boyden Gray, WSJ, "Bush’s Proud Domestic Legacy," 4 Dec. 2018 The pool feels like an exclusive club high in the sky, and the seasonal pool bar is a no-brainer happy-hour locale. Diana Oates, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Hotels in Houston," 9 Oct. 2018 Hopes were high back in 1993 — the last Russian troops had withdrawn from Lithuania just days before John Paul arrived. Fox News, "Russia looms in background as pope travels to Baltics," 21 Sep. 2018 Stack the blocks in sets of three until your tower is 18 blocks high, then use one hand remove one block at a time. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Your Backyard Is Begging You to Buy This Giant Jenga," 7 Aug. 2018 Many of the guests, who included his Los Angeles Lakers teammates and a friend from the football world named O.J. Simpson, were still there as dawn broke high in the Santa Monica Mountains. Jack Mccallum, SI.com, "Go West, Big Man: The Logo on LeBron James and the Allure of Los Angeles," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And in 2017 the number of 18- to 34-year-olds who bought plants reached an all-time high. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "I Can't Stop Buying Plants Even Though They Always Die," 9 Jan. 2019 That took stock markets from all-time highs to their worst annual performance since the financial crisis. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Computer Models to Investors: Short Everything," 9 Jan. 2019 Trade Colonics for a Tablespoon of Coconut Oil The colonic craze has seemingly reached an all-time high. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "What’s the Best Way to Cleanse? A Guide to Detoxing in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 By the summer of 2011, the one-year moving average and median home size had matched pre-crisis peaks, and the next four years saw home sizes reach new all-time highs. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Why shrinking U.S. homes may be a boost to homebuyers," 29 Nov. 2018 More people than ever are sweating their way to work as rates of bike- and run-commuting reached an all-time high in 2018. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The 2 Things That Will Help Motivate You to Be More Active, According to a New Strava Report," 28 Nov. 2018 That’s $2,300 per month — enough to rent the 27-year-old car its own apartment with granite countertops in a downtown high-rise. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "A $21,634 bill? How a homeless woman fought her way out of tow-company hell," 17 Oct. 2018 Today as the controversy surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reaches an all-time high, the Judge a call from the President himself. Fox News, "Kavanaugh: I never sexually assaulted anyone," 24 Sep. 2018 Its second financial quarter showed 57-percent growth over the same quarter a year prior, and its stock hit an all-time high. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "The Roku Channel is now available on the Web without a Roku device," 9 Aug. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'high.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about high

Statistics for high

Last Updated

15 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for high

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

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

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

: a state of intoxication produced by a drug

high

adjective
\ ˈhī \
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 \

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)

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on high

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for high

Spanish Central: Translation of high

Nglish: Translation of high for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of high for Arabic Speakers

Comments on high

What made you want to look up high? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to gather or build up little by little

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!