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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 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 One of the core components of the Green New Deal, a resolution proposed in both houses of Congress in 2019, is guaranteed high-paying jobs in green energy sectors. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Bringing Down Emissions, But Not for Long," 12 Mar. 2020 And high-ranking Trump administration officials have reportedly overruled career civil servants within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on multiple occasions. Lev Facher, STAT, "Trump suspends travel from Europe for 30 days in response to coronavirus outbreak," 11 Mar. 2020 The children of the wealthy and powerful are more likely to pursue an Ivy League education and a high-paying job than don a uniform. Dwight Stirling, The Conversation, "Trump treats the military as his own – and the troops could suffer," 2 Mar. 2020 Where to stay Rockhouse, a 40-room boutique hotel high above the Caribbean Sea, caters to a decidedly fashionable crowd. Kate Donnelly, Condé Nast Traveler, "An Insider's Guide to Negril, Jamaica's Low-Key Hideaway," 3 Feb. 2020 One of the officials is a sergeant in the Pacific Division, who is hospitalized, and the other is a high-ranking command staffer, the sources said. Los Angeles Times, "California coronavirus deaths rise to 24 as hospitals brace for flood of patients," 21 Mar. 2020 The fact that yet another high-ranking foreign official is potentially at risk is concerning and represents another example of why everyone — including government officials — are trying to get tested. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "An Australian Official Who Met With Ivanka Trump & KellyAnne Conway Now Has Coronavirus," 13 Mar. 2020 Two of those parliamentarians, as well as two former high-ranking diplomats and a member of an advisory council to Iran’s supreme leader, have been killed by it. The Economist, "Sickly state Iran has let its covid-19 outbreak get out of hand," 12 Mar. 2020 Residents moving into a new Plano address have some high-powered neighbors. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "To live the high life in Plano’s Legacy West, the starting price is near $1 million," 6 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The National Weather Service forecast for Wednesday calls for highs in the low 50s and light winds. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Partly sunny and mild: Northeast Ohio’s Wednesday weather forecast," 24 Mar. 2020 After reaching a 13-year high in May 2019, apprehensions along the southwest border dropped for eight consecutive months, rising only slightly in February, according to government data. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "U.S. to rapidly turn away migrants, including those seeking asylum, over coronavirus," 20 Mar. 2020 After Friday begins with a daytime high in the mid-60s, temperatures will take a significant plummet into the high 20s Friday night. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis weather: Severe storms, hail, flooding possible Thursday," 19 Mar. 2020 Average temperatures in April in Alabama can range from highs of 73.6 degrees Fahrenheit in Huntsville, 74.4 degrees in Birmingham and 77.5 degrees in Mobile. Leigh Morgan, al, "Spring 2020 weather: What can Alabama expect?," 19 Mar. 2020 At the market's all-time high in mid-February, the CAPE stood at a level only exceeded in prior to the meltdowns in 1929 and 2000. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Famed economist Robert Shiller doesn’t think we are headed for another Great Recession," 18 Mar. 2020 According to Accuweather, the average temperatures call for highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Derby + State Fair + three music festivals = insanely busy 7 weeks in Louisville," 18 Mar. 2020 Organized theft cost retailers a record high of $703,320 per $1 billion in sales in 2019, according to the National Retail Federation. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "North Texas feds say crime ring traveled U.S. to steal retail goods and sell on Amazon," 17 Mar. 2020 Prices, already on a downward trend, have collapsed 30% in less than a week, bringing the total fall to nearly 50% since highs in early January. Scott L. Montgomery, The Conversation, "The oil shock of 2020 appears to be here – and the pain could be wide and deep," 13 Mar. 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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“High.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high. Accessed 1 Apr. 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

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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