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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 combinationsky-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 timeIt'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 onbirds wheeling on high
c : heaven usually used with onwisdom 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 Instead, the authorities have been setting up waist-high plastic barricades to block small streets that lead to neighbouring New South Wales near the sprawling city of Gold Coast. The Economist, "Borderline cases Australia’s internal travel restrictions are tested in court," 8 Aug. 2020 Despite high daily case counts, so far, hospitals have not been overwhelmed, and contact tracing is no longer at maximum capacity, Pineda said. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska reports 67 new coronavirus cases on Friday, as active count surpasses 3,000," 8 Aug. 2020 The lake is only 8 ½ acres yet 50 feet deep with high peaks and a ridge towering overhead. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "How to salvage your summer vacation during coronavirus: Go farther," 7 Aug. 2020 Sunday morning will be mostly sunny with a high of 90 degrees until the afternoon where chances of thunderstorms zoom back to 60%. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Central Florida braces for weekend thunderstorms," 7 Aug. 2020 San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich recently heaped high praise on Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, comparing him to Hall of Famer Larry Bird. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "Is Nikola Jokic or Luka Doncic most like Larry Bird? Ex-Pacers star Reggie Miller weighs in," 7 Aug. 2020 Morrison has been riding high in public opinion polls with his bipartisan approach since the pandemic began. Rod Mcguirk, Star Tribune, "Australia leader refuses to attack political foes over virus," 7 Aug. 2020 But beyond Pompeo, the company has friends in high places—both in Washington and in Iraqi Kurdistan, which borders Syria. Zack Kopplin, The New Republic, "How Mike Pompeo Built a Blood-for-Oil Pipeline," 7 Aug. 2020 Jeffrie attended Highland Park High School, a school recognized for high academic achievement. jsonline.com, "Homeownership for Black families in Milwaukee is worse now than 50 years ago. Could a regional approach to affordable housing help?," 7 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Whitmer visited Biden last Sunday, according to two high-ranking Michigan Democrats who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. David Eggert, Detroit Free Press, "Report: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer met with Joe Biden in Delaware last weekend," 8 Aug. 2020 Whitmer visited Biden last Sunday, according to two high-ranking Michigan Democrats who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. David Eggert, chicagotribune.com, "Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer met with Joe Biden as he nears VP decision, AP sources say," 7 Aug. 2020 Republican Party bosses and high-ranking GOP politicians have, for the most part, said the right things about Dismukes, even prior to the arrest. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "Klan fan faces Killer Kinda Karma," 7 Aug. 2020 If the high-ranking officers can’t come to an agreement, the police chief would decide. oregonlive, "Portland police still haven’t approved policy for sharing information on compromised officers with prosecutors," 4 Aug. 2020 Yet, somehow that didn’t stop a high-ranking officer from allowing the windshield to be destroyed. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, "Open Vallejo, small nonprofit news site, strives to hold police accountable," 3 Aug. 2020 Check out quick reviews below of the top five gaming routers, then scroll deeper for buying info and full reviews of these models and other high-ranking options. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The 5 Best Wi-Fi Routers to Speed Up Your Gaming," 3 Aug. 2020 Remember all those rules about spitting, high-fiving and wearing masks in the dugout? Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, "Column: Let's make baseball weirder with even more new rules," 1 Aug. 2020 But even in those that are open, the experience of consuming the game — elbow to elbow at the bar, high-fiving and shouting at a television screen — will be different. Washington Post, "In Canada, hockey’s return is a partial sign of normalcy during precarious times," 31 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a single month in Gallup, Trump’s approval rating fell 10 points from a near high of 49% to just 39%. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Republicans hopeful Trump-Biden race beginning to tighten," 7 Aug. 2020 Such is the case with the Miami Marlins who - on the high of a doubleheader sweep of the Orioles - took to social media to puff out their chests and challenge the biggest of college football empires. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "After sweeping Orioles, Marlins tweet ‘We want Bama,’ face Wade LeBlanc next," 6 Aug. 2020 The county’s hospitalizations have been increasing gradually since June 19, hitting a pandemic high of 109 hospitalizations on July 29. Mike Massa, SFChronicle.com, "SF and San Mateo were last in Bay Area on the coronavirus watch list. What do numbers show now?," 6 Aug. 2020 Fossil fuel exploration and production companies, a recent analysis from Rystad Energy found, were at a four-year high for Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in the second quarter of 2020, the industry’s worst quarter ever. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "The Real Reason BP Is Getting Greener," 6 Aug. 2020 Louisville's all-time high came in 2016, when 117 homicides were reported. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "3 people killed in separate shootings overnight in Louisville," 5 Aug. 2020 Hispanic unemployment peaked at 13.9% during the Great Recession that started in 2008, but this year the group's unemployment rate rose from just 4.8% in February to a high of 18.5% in April, according to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Chauncey Alcorn Cnn Business, CNN, "How the Covid-19 economy is hurting US Latinos more than any other group," 5 Aug. 2020 The index is within 2.4% of its February record high. Joe Mcdonald, Star Tribune, "Asian shares fall on jitters over US stimulus, China trade," 4 Aug. 2020 Swift sets a new high among women for the most simultaneous Hot 100 debuts with her 16 new entries, breaking her own record: 14 songs of hers debuted on Sept. 7, 2019, when her prior LP Lover launched atop the Billboard 200. Gary Trust, Billboard, "Taylor Swift Charts 16 Songs From 'Folklore' on Billboard Hot 100," 3 Aug. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“High.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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

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
\ 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

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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.

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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 animalsthe 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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