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

Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi also tapped him to direct a few high-profile events. Colleen Barry, chicagotribune.com, "Famed Italian director Franco Zeffirelli dies at age 96," 15 June 2019 Tim Murtaugh, Trump's communications director, previously worked on high-profile campaigns in Virginia and was a top aide to Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "'We're off and running': A look at Donald Trump's un-Trumpian campaign for reelection in 2020," 15 June 2019 There is no immediate claim of responsibility but the al-Shabab extremist group often targets the capital with high-profile bombings. Washington Post, "8 killed, 16 hurt as explosions rock Somalia’s capital," 15 June 2019 Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi also tapped him to direct a few high-profile events. Colleen Barry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Famed Italian director Franco Zeffirelli dies at age 96," 15 June 2019 But because of the public attention on the issue, some women in high-profile cases have been able to speak out without being penalized. Elizabeth A. Harris, New York Times, "Despite #MeToo Glare, Efforts to Ban Secret Settlements Stop Short," 14 June 2019 As a high-profile transgender athlete, Martin was drawn into the debate, appearing on national television in the UK. Sarah Holt, CNN, "Charlie Martin: Transgender driver chases Le Mans 24 Hour race dream," 14 June 2019 Other high-profile politicians are calling for greater investment in policies that promote racial and socioeconomic equality, rather than relying on policing and prisons to control crime. Dana Walters, The Conversation, "When America had an open prison – the story of Kenyon Scudder and his ‘prison without walls’," 14 June 2019 Mungo’s lawyer said his client was aggressively and unfairly targeted by law enforcement officials pursuing a high-profile case. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Trial of teen accused of murdering a young Canton bartender goes to the jury," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Check out the quick reviews below of our top five riding mowers, or scroll deeper for more helpful buying info and full reviews of those models plus other high-ranking options. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Riding Mowers to Shape up Your Lawn This Season," 29 May 2019 Two high-ranking, veteran Federal Reserve Bank of New York executives will leave their jobs this Saturday, the bank said Tuesday. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "New York Fed’s Markets Group Head to Leave June 1," 28 May 2019 The population of the tiny Texan town, which sits high on a Chihuahua Desert plateau, hovers around 2,000. Vogue, "Online Ceramics Tees, Cowboy Hats, and Marbled Tie-Dye: The Best Street Style From Marfa Myths," 16 May 2019 Technicolor filters flash across the scene while West is on the ground high-kicking the air and smizing at the camera. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "North West Stars in Her First Music Video Featuring Kim Kardashian," 15 May 2019 Even though tweed can sometimes look stuffy, Kate added high, pointed heels, which, combined with the frayed edges of the skirt and jacket, gave the outfit a more modern and updated feel. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Just Wore the Most Perfect Work-Appropriate Look," 13 Feb. 2019 Prices for the metal, which is heavily used in construction and manufacturing, have fallen 2.4% since hitting a nearly 10-month high earlier in April. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Copper’s Slide Signals Caution About Chinese Growth," 29 Apr. 2019 Hayabusa2 then high-tailed it away from the asteroid to avoid the chance of being hit with debris from the explosion. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Surprised at How Much of Asteroid They Blew Up," 25 Apr. 2019 Jacobs wore custom Gucci high-heeled boots, while Defrancesco rocked custom Christian Louboutin sneakers. Will Kahn, Town & Country, "The Story Behind Marc Jacobs' Wedding Cufflinks and Penguin Pins," 17 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With security at an all-time high for Game of Thrones's final season, the crew had a few extra tricks up their sleeve to keep plot points as private as possible. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jaqen H'ghar and The Waif Filmed a Fake Game of Thrones Finale Scene," 28 May 2019 Toss in an ex-boyfriend best man, Brad (Tyler), and complications reach an all-time high. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Hallmark Announced Its June Weddings Lineup and We're Falling in Love Already," 18 May 2019 The conversation surrounding camp and its participants and originators has been at an all-time high since the theme of the Met Gala was announced last October. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Lena Waithe Made A Powerful Statement with Her Met Gala Look," 7 May 2019 Before the rest of the world catches on and drives the price of C4 Corvettes to similarly unrealistic highs, take a moment to consider this 1988 Chevrolet Corvette C4 Callaway Twin-Turbo up for bids on Bring a Trailer. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "1988 Chevrolet Corvette C4 Callaway Twin-Turbo Four-Speed Is a High-Performance Love Letter from the '80s," 15 May 2019 The highs taught me to not take anything for granted. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez Drops a Sexy Swimwear Line That Helps Conceal Surgical Scars and Everything Is Under $50," 3 May 2019 Among the highs were a Chloé exhibition, a performance by Camélia Jordana, and a Chloé club party complete with neon lights and dance music. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Inside the Festival d’Hyères With Chloé’s Natacha Ramsay-Levi," 1 May 2019 Afternoon highs should cluster near 90 degrees Sunday and, coupled with dew points in the 70s, peak afternoon heat indexes should reach the middle and upper 90s. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Warm and muggy through Monday, then comfortably cooler," 14 July 2018 At the same time, violence in the city leapt to historic highs. Brad Heath, USA TODAY, "Baltimore police stopped noticing crime after Freddie Gray's death. A wave of killings followed.," 12 July 2018

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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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