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high

adjective \ ˈhī \

Definition of high

1 a :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-high
  • waist-high
c :situated or passing above the normal level, surface, base of measurement, or elevation
  • the high desert
2 a (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 4pitch 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
12 a :filled with or expressing great joy or excitement
  • high spirits
b :intoxicated; also :excited or stupefied by or as if by a drug
  • getting high on heroine
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

Examples of high in a Sentence

  1. The apartment has high ceilings.

  2. The airplane was high above the clouds.

  3. The bush is six feet high.

  4. a building 100 stories high

  5. They have a home in the high country.

  6. The houses are built on high ground.

  7. They reached speeds as high as 100 mph.

  8. He's being treated for high blood pressure.

  9. She earns a high salary.

  10. His books are in high demand.

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Origin and Etymology of high

Middle English, from Old English hēah; akin to Old High German hōh high, Lithuanian kaukaras hill

Synonym Discussion of high

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

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high

adverb

Definition of high

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

Examples of high in a Sentence

  1. The painter climbed high on the ladder.

  2. The hawks were circling high in the air.

  3. The letters were stacked high on the table.

  4. buy low and sell high

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Origin and Etymology of high

see 1high


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high

noun

Definition of high

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
3 a :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
4 a :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

Examples of high in a Sentence

  1. Oil prices reached a new high last winter.

  2. The forecast is for showers with highs in the 70s.

  3. The high only lasted a few minutes.

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Origin and Etymology of high

see 1high

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HIGH Defined for English Language Learners

high

adjective

Definition of high for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of high for English Language Learners

  • : at or to a high place or level

  • : at a high rate

  • : at a high price


high

noun

Definition of high for English Language Learners

  • : a high point or level

  • : a gear that is used for faster speeds of travel in a vehicle

  • : a state of intoxication produced by a drug


HIGH Defined for Kids

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high

adjective \ ˈhī \

Definition of high for Students

higher; highest
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

Synonym Discussion of 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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high

adverb

Definition of high for Students

higher; highest
:at or to a high place or degree
  • She jumped higher than the others.

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high

noun

Definition of high for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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high

adjective \ ˈhī \

medical Definition of high

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 algae
  • the higher apes
— compare low
2 a :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)

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high

noun

medical Definition of high

:an excited, euphoric, or stupefied state; especially :one produced by or as if by a drug (as heroin)


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