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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



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


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 After 108 days in jail, he was released on March 6 on bail of 1 billion yen ($9 million) -- among the highest ever in Japan. Washington Post, "Why Ghosn’s Back in Jail and What It Says About Japan," 18 Sep. 2019 The surge continued Tuesday, with the overnight rate hitting a high of 10% before the NY Fed stepped in. Matt Egan, CNN, "A crack just emerged in the financial markets: The NY Fed spends $53 billion to rescue the overnight lending market," 17 Sep. 2019 But on Monday, Trump, whose tenure has marked a new high - or low - in the politicization of White House sports ceremonies, basked in the reflected glow of a sporting legend nonetheless. David Nakamura, courant.com, "Rejected by sports teams, Trump finds a new method to handpick athletes for White House ceremonies," 17 Sep. 2019 Both sides were easy on the high in he first half, though both lacked any real penetration - the first real effort of note coming on the stroke of half-time as Willian tested Jasper Cillessen in the visitors goal. SI.com, "Chelsea 0-1 Valencia: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Barkley Blunder Ruins Champions League Return," 17 Sep. 2019 The prices of things have gotten high in large part because interest rates have gone down so much but that props up the value of a dollar of earnings, or cash-flow. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman on Hong Kong’s Unrest, the Rise of Bitcoin, and Fundraising as an ‘Out-of-Body Experience’," 17 Sep. 2019 Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Trump's tax returns, Israelis vote on Netanyahu's political future & 'Dancing' the political twist: The Morning Rundown," 17 Sep. 2019 During the next half century, Blais would publish more than forty works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and writing for the stage, and earn many of Francophone literature’s highest international honors. Pasha Malla, The New Yorker, "Will American Readers Ever Catch on to Marie-Claire Blais?," 16 Sep. 2019 But on Monday, Trump, whose tenure has marked a new high — or low — in the politicization of White House sports ceremonies, basked in the reflected glow of a sporting legend nonetheless. chicagotribune.com, "Rejected by sports teams, Trump finds a new method to handpick athletes for White House ceremonies," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The primary source of Kansas City’s winning streak isn’t the usual high-powered offense. oregonlive, "Kansas City vs Houston Texans: NFL playoffs live score updates, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 12 Jan. 2020 And while roughly a third of the sales deeds filed so far have been to trusts or LLCs that can shield a buyer’s identity, many of the rest appear to be local business leaders and executives, as well as high-powered doctors and academics. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, "One Dalton condo sells for sky-high price: $34m," 10 Jan. 2020 But sales of high-powered magnet sets exploded two years later. Todd C. Frankel, Anchorage Daily News, "Magnet ingestions surge as rules relax," 26 Dec. 2019 Gordon will lead Washington State against Air Force Friday night in the Cheez-It Bowl, a chance for the senior quarterback to put an exclamation point on what has been a prolific season running coach Mike Leach’s high-powered Air Raid offense. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "QB Anthony Gordon, Washington State face Air Force ground game in Cheez-It Bowl," 26 Dec. 2019 Police have arrested more than 200 people and seized several high-powered weapons after a major drug bust in North Philadelphia, CBS Philly reports. CBS News, "Police say 200 people arrested, high-powered weapons seized in Philadelphia drug bust," 24 Dec. 2019 About 92% of this community have high-powered rifles. Tess Williams, ProPublica, "How a Police Officer in Iowa Helped Protect an Alaskan Police Force — From Thousands of Miles Away," 24 Dec. 2019 Like dozens of other high-powered men accused of predatory behavior that year, C.K. saw his career seemingly end overnight. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Louis C.K. returns to Baltimore this weekend. Some say it’s too soon.," 13 Dec. 2019 Edgewater has a high-powered offense, averaging 41 points per game. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, "St. Thomas offense clicking as Raiders prepare for Class 7A state title game," 12 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His previous high was 37 during the 2014-15 season. Tom Orsborn, ExpressNews.com, "Gregg Popovich: LaMarcus Aldridge ‘smart’ to get out of black-and-blue block," 11 Jan. 2020 Thursday’s gains were driven by Apple, which made its own record highs following a report from the Chinese government that iPhone sales in China increased 18% in December. Benzinga, Detroit Free Press, "Stock market rose as Iran-US tensions cooled and China talks moved forward," 11 Jan. 2020 That said, retail sales moderated in the second half of 2019, which could indicate that consumer spending might be coming off its highs. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "What to expect from the December jobs report," 9 Jan. 2020 My highs were really high, and my lows would take me out for weeks at a time. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Selena Gomez Says Getting on ‘the Right Medication’ Changed Her Life," 8 Jan. 2020 Graham set what was then his career-high of 35 points in an overtime win in Charlotte. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: T.J. Warren scores points with Pacers because of his commitment to defense," 7 Jan. 2020 His previous career high in points per game was 6.6 in his third and final season in San Antonio, 2014-15. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Aron Baynes' effective offensive game evolving for Phoenix Suns," 3 Jan. 2020 But Madison tied its record high of 54, also set in 1984. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Unseasonably warm weather hit the Milwaukee area Sunday — now, snow is coming," 29 Dec. 2019 On December 3rd Brent crude fell to $61 per barrel—18% below its April high. The Economist, "Push-me-pull-you The coming months will test OPEC’s sprawling alliance," 18 Dec. 2019

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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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“High.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/higher. Accessed 17 January 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



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
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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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