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: being multistory and equipped with elevators
high-rise apartments
: of, relating to, or characterized by high-rise buildings
a high-rise complex
: having a longer than standard rise (see rise entry 2 sense 7)
high-rise jeans
There are boxer shorts, low-rise briefs, high-rise briefs, … and colors galore.Nancy Lawson


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variants or less commonly high rise
plural high-rises also high rises
: a building (such as an apartment building) that has multiple stories and is equipped with elevators
They live on the tenth floor of a high-rise.

Examples of high-rise in a Sentence

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The middle-class high-rise generation is not wrong to fear its salvation from ossification, for a self on the verge of metamorphosis is also on the verge of liquidation. Becca Rothfeld, The New Yorker, 17 Feb. 2024 City crews on Friday took an initial step toward securing an unfinished complex of downtown Los Angeles high-rise towers that have been vandalized with graffiti and used for dangerous social media stunts after the developer ran out of money. John Antczak, Fortune, 17 Feb. 2024 The developer is actively pursuing an effort to convert the historic Bank of Italy office tower at 12 South First Street into a housing high-rise. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 16 Feb. 2024 Conversely, the construction of mid-rise and high-rise buildings surged, contributing to longer completion timelines and driving up the average completion times. Brad Hunter, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 With ultra-soft fabric, a matte finish, and a seamless, high-rise waistband, many consider CRZ Yoga Butterluxe Workout Leggings an affordable dupe of Lululemon's Align Pant. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2024 Other footage collected by Ukrainian units shows scenes of devastation, with high-rise buildings covered in holes from the constant Russian barrages. Vasco Cotovio, CNN, 16 Feb. 2024 The new neighborhood growth blueprint would increase the area’s population from 78,000 to 143,000 over the next 30 years, break up car-centric superblocks and allow high-rise housing along major roads. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Feb. 2024 Some high-rise homeowner fees can be as high as the buildings. Allen Norwood, Charlotte Observer, 1 Feb. 2024
Quite the opposite: Agolde ‘90s Jeans are what make my high-rise-loving ‘90s-baby heart flutter. Sophie Dodd, Travel + Leisure, 27 Mar. 2023 After Oksana’s death, Hryhorii and his wife, Ninel, moved into Oksana’s compact, tidy flat in a Kyiv high-rise. Alice Martins, Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2023 Check out this high-rise, ankle-length pair from Alo Yoga. Rachel Simon, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2023 After walking Rivera to her door, festooned with Puerto Rican and American flags, Torrez continued on to her own high-rise apartment, facing Plaza Betances. Robert Weisman, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Mar. 2023 In San Francisco, strong winds shattered glass on skyscrapers and sent a couch sailing from a high-rise apartment to the sidewalk below. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2023 As a novice developer and Clayton County’s development authority were nearing a deal in the fall of 2021 to provide land for an $800 million high-rise project, top county officials demanded information about his financial capability. Leon Stafford, ajc, 24 Mar. 2023 Developer Hall Group began construction in 2021 on the high-rise project which also includes a 19-story luxury apartment tower and a 16-story office building. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 23 Mar. 2023 In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 22 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1908, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of high-rise was in 1908

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“High-rise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-rise. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: having several stories and being equipped with elevators
high-rise apartments
high-rise noun
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