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 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

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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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Both readings were higher than estimates of economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "U.S. Government Bond Auctions Show Weakness," 12 July 2019 Nielsen Media Research has released its ratings for the latest season of Netflix’s Stranger Things, showing that ratings for the third season over the first four days of release were significantly higher than for the second season. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Nielsen confirms that Stranger Things 3 was a big hit for Netflix," 12 July 2019 The sun was highest on June 21, the day shadows were shortest. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "Food crops and edible flowers that thrive in the shade," 12 July 2019 The Sandusky River in Fremont has been a bit high and muddy, but a few catfish are being caught. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Lake Erie walleye parade not slowed by mayfly hatch, hot weather: July 12 Fishing Report," 12 July 2019 More immediately impactful will be water temperatures in rivers are thought to be very high right now, and that could have potential impacts on salmon spawning. Author: Davis Hovey, Anchorage Daily News, "Warmer waters investigated as cause of pink salmon die-off in Norton Sound region," 12 July 2019 The number of Indian migrants apprehended along the Southwest border nearly tripled in fiscal year 2018 compared to the year before, and is far higher than the number of migrants from India apprehended at the border a decade ago. Sugam Pokharel, CNN, "This 6-year-old from India died in the Arizona desert. She loved dancing and dreamed of meeting her dad," 12 July 2019 Real-estate negotiations take time even when the hiccups are few and the demand is high—time that a closing college can’t afford to waste. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "The College That Became a Prison," 12 July 2019 As infant mortality due to natural predators is high in rays, the five were then quarantined, a measure meant to keep them far from the sharks in the big tank. Jill Langlois, National Geographic, "These baby rays are the first of their kind born in captivity," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

With Hill, the Chiefs' high-powered offense will return at or near its level of performance last season with Pat Mahomes. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "Ranking the Colts' 2019 opponents," 12 July 2019 At the news conference Gonzalez also told reporters that a high-powered AR-15 rifle was recovered that investigators believe was the weapon involved in the shooting. Fox News, "Teen arrested in Houston road rage shooting that burned tots in fireworks explosion," 9 July 2019 The group engaged high-powered local attorneys to help draft language that would pass constitutional muster and a bill was presented to the state legislature and then passed in early 1969. Peter Krouse, cleveland.com, "Civic leaders in Indianapolis used window of opportunity to birth “Unigov”: Cleveland 2030, A Way Forward," 9 July 2019 Squat Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, chest high, abs tight, and hands clasped in front of chest. Rozalynn S. Frazier, Health.com, "This 30-Day Bodyweight Challenge Will Tone and Tighten Your Entire Body," 2 July 2019 But some high-powered donors and party heavyweights, whose opinion tends to play an outsize role at this stage of the primary, have not moved past Franken's 2017 resignation. NBC News, "The ghost of Al Franken and the mystery of the Gillibrand campaign's failure to launch," 1 July 2019 Intel chips dominate high-powered computing in desktops, servers and supercomputers. The Economist, "An American ban hits China’s supercomputer industry," 29 June 2019 Hahn said Friday that officers couldn't immediately rescue O'Sullivan because the high-powered bullets could have punctured their protective vests, wounding or killing them. CBS News, "Sacramento police say body cam footage shows officer was ambushed before fatal shooting," 22 June 2019 Strengths: Alabama rewrote the record books thanks to the high-powered offense installed by Locksley. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 77 Maryland trusts Mike Locksley to revamp program," 9 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The runs allowed, as well as the three home runs Tampa Bay hit off him, were career highs for Means. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "Rays rough up Orioles All-Star John Means in 12-4 win to split doubleheader," 14 July 2019 Peña worked the final seven innings — matching a career high — and struck out six with one walk. Washington Post, "Angels’ Cole, Peña combine for no-hitter against Mariners," 13 July 2019 The win was Odorizzi’s 11th of the season, tying a career high for him. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins’ Max Kepler, Jake Cave provide big blows in win over Indians," 13 July 2019 Anderson set new career-highs with eight strikeouts and 13 whiffs, including three punchouts of Yelich, the reigning National League MVP. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants blast five home runs, Buster Posey’s grand slam caps off epic 10-inning win," 12 July 2019 That same year, as a third-year pro, the 5-foot-11 right-hander reached career highs in the world rankings at 14th in singles and seventh in doubles. Glae Thien, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aviators doubles ace bucks TeamTennis turnover trend," 12 July 2019 Larkin really stepped up into the leadership void created by Henrik Zetterberg’s retirement and notched career highs in goals and points. Jamie Samuelsen, Detroit Free Press, "2019 DESPY Awards: Celebrating the best in Michigan sports after a year of close calls," 11 July 2019 The 6-foot-9-inch, 220-pound Grant is coming off a breakout season that saw him set career highs in points (13.6) and rebounds (5.2). BostonGlobe.com, "Thunder deal Grant, get 13th first-rounder," 9 July 2019 He's reached career highs for runs, hits, doubles and RBIs already while playing across Colorado's outfield. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "David Dahl overcomes injuries on way to All-Star Game," 9 July 2019

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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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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

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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