\ 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 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



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 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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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 These include disparities in healthcare, high rates of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Special To The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Tribes enter key wildfire time with coronavirus looming large," 2 July 2020 The coronavirus pandemic is taking an especially heavy toll on Black Americans, from high rates of unemployment to increased risk of infection. Chevaz Clarke, CBS News, "BIPOC: What does it mean and where does it come from?," 2 July 2020 Unhygienic and crowded jail and prison conditions, for example, subjected communities of color—already disproportionately incarcerated—to disproportionately high rates of Covid. Lucy Lang, Wired, "Virtual Criminal Justice May Make the System More Equitable," 1 July 2020 As per Connecticut rules, all students arriving from abroad or from states with high Covid-19 transmission rates will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Yale University to open campus without sophomores in fall and without freshmen in spring," 1 July 2020 The county has high rates of asthma, diabetes and obesity. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "In California’s hardest-hit county, fear and death mix with anger," 1 July 2020 Dunleavy, while praising the state’s relatively low case counts and high testing rates, also tried to get out a message of caution ahead of the holiday weekend. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "As Fourth of July looms, governor urges Alaskans to mask up and keep their distance," 1 July 2020 Other countries with high rates of tourism have begun to reopen. Washington Post, "As Europeans embark on summer holidays, Americans have fewer options," 1 July 2020 Still, Sweden’s relatively high infection rates mean its citizens are prevented from traveling to most countries. Fortune, "Sweden’s COVID-19 death toll has surpassed neighboring countries. Now the country is investigating," 1 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The industry, where high-paying checks help support the broader economy, has been rocked by low oil prices caused in part by low demand as people stayed home during the pandemic. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Thousands of Alaskans returned to work in May, but jobless claims remained ‘staggering’," 3 July 2020 The investigation found that those interviewed in MPD’s Sensitive Crimes Division who worked out of the center did not know about that agreement, nor did Morales and other high-ranking police officials. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission chairman appears to have used position to benefit developer accused of sexual assault," 2 July 2020 The Trump administration has blocked McGahn from testifying, saying Congress can't force high-ranking presidential aides to testify. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court to decide if Congress can get secret Russia grand jury materials," 2 July 2020 Metro Councilors also have argued that the big-ticket transportation projects would be a boon to an economy that may still sorely need a jolt – adding high-paying jobs and steady pay for years. oregonlive, "‘A lot of concern’ about Metro’s planned payroll tax to fund $7 billion transportation package, business leaders say," 1 July 2020 The Bay Area, with its wealth of high-paying tech jobs, has long led the state in employment. John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area vs. Los Angeles: Unemployment hitting hardest in Southern California," 30 June 2020 FC Cincinnati traveled to Orlando from a region that's been flagged by high-ranking government officials, including Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Vice President Mike Pence, for recent sharp increases in cases. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "FC Cincinnati enters MLS Is Back Tournament 'bubble' in Orlando amid novel coronavirus concerns," 30 June 2020 The two high-ranking employees under scrutiny are Tommy François and Maxime Béland, both vice presidents in the group overseeing development of Ubisoft’s games worldwide, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing personnel issues. Jason Schreier, Bloomberg.com, "Ubisoft Places Two Executives on Leave Following Misconduct Allegations," 27 June 2020 There would be no high-fiving, spitting or anything else that might conceivably transmit the coronavirus. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "Sports Comebacks’ Biggest Foe? Night Clubs," 25 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun China's oil imports soared 19% in May from the year before to a record high of 11.3 million barrels per day, according to S&P Global Platts. Matt Egan, CNN, "China is storing an epic amount of oil at sea. Here's why," 1 July 2020 Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott asking to implement a mandatory mask requirement for the state as Dallas County reported a record high of 570 coronavirus cases and one death Sunday. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "Jenkins asks Abbott to require masks in Texas as Dallas County reports record 570 coronavirus cases," 28 June 2020 Florida reported a record high of 5,508 additional cases of COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Spikes in coronavirus infections chill economies in cities trying to reopen," 25 June 2020 Multnomah County’s daily case count Friday is a record high and comes as Oregon’s most populous county began to reopen under the Phase 1 guidelines issued by Gov. Kate Brown. oregonlive, "Coronavirus in Oregon: New cases top 200 for second time this week; Multnomah County sees record infections as it reopens," 19 June 2020 Apple's stock price hit a record high of $356.56 in Friday's early trading before news of the store closures rattled investors. Michael Liedtke, Anchorage Daily News, "Apple re-closes stores in four states as coronavirus infections increase," 19 June 2020 Meanwhile, the number of new cases abroad is higher than ever, with a record high of 166,000 reported in a single day on Wednesday, the Times database reports. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "New Coronavirus Cases Soar Worldwide and Surge in Some States — See What's Happening in Your Area," 18 June 2020 Last week, the state hit a record high of 14 percent positivity, and so far—as of June 16—the rate for this week stands at 21 percent. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "As COVID-19 cases increase, Pence blames prevalence of testing," 16 June 2020 Players and staff members are tested frequently, but individuals still have lives outside the rink in Arizona, where a record high of 2,392 new COVID-19 cases were announced on Tuesday, including 1,403 in Maricopa County. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Coyotes' Brad Richardson used season pause to heal, but now he's been exposed to COVID-19," 16 June 2020

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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

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 9 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce high (audio)

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
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


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

Choose the Right Synonym for high


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)



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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