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 combination 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

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 The selloff highlights just how high the stakes are when a stock fetches more than 40 times prospective earnings. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Ferrari Hits a Bump," 4 May 2021 Currier and Ives prints come to mind where rarity, condition, size and subject matter determine the value, which can be quite high and run into the multiple thousands of dollars. Helaine Fendelman And Joe Rosson, Star Tribune, "Maclet prints purchased in Paris are not rare," 4 May 2021 Jáuregui, a private lawyer who is also the managing partner of the Pilsen Law Center, said in an interview that for now the risk of harm to officers and the public, absent a good policy and training, is too high. Jeremy Gorner, chicagotribune.com, "Latino leaders call for halt on police foot pursuits unless serious threat is present," 4 May 2021 Many minerally wines are high in acidity, with a sharp, savory presence that verges on saltiness. Adam Leith Gollner, The New Yorker, "Does Your Wine Really Taste Like Rocks?," 3 May 2021 Pollen update: Tree pollen is high at 440.26 grains per cubic meter of air. Washington Post, "PM Update: Showers or a storm possible this evening, and it’s turning warmer Tuesday," 3 May 2021 Move-outs were similarly high in April in May, and then spiked even more in the summer months. Susie Neilson, San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco's pandemic exodus looks like it's almost over," 3 May 2021 After dipping to about $80 million when COVID-19 jitters were high last May, data shows Utahns drew permits for home additions, alterations or repairs worth $485 million in January and February in advance of warm weather. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Why does lumber to build new homes in Utah cost $35K more than a year ago? Blame the coronavirus.," 3 May 2021 So the expectations are always going to be high for him, and that's a good thing. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Suns: Look back at near collapse at OKC, ahead to matchup at Cleveland," 3 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb This pioneering water ride will send guests on a fun family adventure through The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse via 760 feet of winding tubes suspended high above the upper decks. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Disney Cruise Line's Most Magical Ship Yet, The New Disney Wish, To Sail From Florida," 30 Apr. 2021 The movie’s most enduring image is that of a man and woman—wearing what appears to be 19th or early 20th century dress—wrapped in one another’s arms, floating through the grayed skies high above a cityscape. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Roy Andersson's Quietly Gorgeous About Endlessness Explores Questions for Which There Are No Answers," 29 Apr. 2021 Also recommended: The Cathedral Café, 134 S. Court St. in Fayetteville, our lunch choice between hikes; and Chetty’s Pub, at Adventure on the Gorge, for wings, sandwiches and salads, with outdoor seating high above the river. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Exploring West Virginia’s New River Gorge National Park, the nation’s newest park – and also one of the oldest," 28 Apr. 2021 Scott marveled at Pitts’s catch radius — his ability to adjust to passes close to his shoe tops or high above his helmet — and taught him when to outrun defenders and when to invite contact and create leverage. New York Times, "Kyle Pitts Is Set to Be the N.F.L.’s Next Revelation at Tight End," 27 Apr. 2021 Played in four teams, competitors race each other across ropes high above the water. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "The Challenge: All Stars recap: How to save a life (saver)," 23 Apr. 2021 Others were silent, recorded from high above the intersection or neighboring businesses. Eric Ferkenhoff, USA TODAY, "Prosecution in Derek Chauvin trial rests after calling 38 witnesses in George Floyd case," 13 Apr. 2021 Introducing Santorini Ski, a brand new boutique luxury resort made up of eight magnificent private villas situated high above the stunning Aegean Sea. Roger Sands, Forbes, "Discover The World’s Most Secluded Island Paradises," 7 Apr. 2021 From his perch high above Midtown Manhattan, just across from Carnegie Hall, Bill Hwang was quietly building one of the world’s greatest fortunes. Tom Maloney, Fortune, "Archegos founder was amassing enormous hidden fortune when his bets all unraveled," 30 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This is down from 155.6 and 185.8 the last two weeks, and a recent high of 200 per 100,000 reported three weeks ago. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Fewer than half of Ohio’s counties now on red alert for coronavirus; two-week rate drops to 140.2 per 100,000," 6 May 2021 Gasoline futures hit a 52-week high on Wednesday, as front month Nymex RBOB gasoline for June delivery gained 0.01 cent per gallon to $2.1513. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Etsy, Uber, Moderna, Dogecoin, PayPal: What to Watch When the Market Opens Today," 6 May 2021 The agency confirmed that's a record high to the Washington Post. Star Tribune, "Frosty Start Thursday Will Give Way To Highs In The Low 60s," 5 May 2021 The yellow metal has declined 9% from its record high of $2,063 last August. Moneyshow, Forbes, "Money, Metals & Mining: Top Picks For Resource Investors," 19 Apr. 2021 The median salary — the point at which an equal number of players are above and below — is $1.15 million, down 18 percent from $1.4 million two years ago and a drop of 30 percent from the $1.65 million record high at the start of 2015. BostonGlobe.com, "AP: Median MLB salary down more than 6 percent since 2017," 16 Apr. 2021 The number of patients with suspected or known COVID-19 in ICUs across Arizona was at 1,105 on Monday, below the record high of 1,183 last Monday. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona reports over 6,400 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death as hospitals remain 92% full," 19 Jan. 2021 Illinois has averaged 116 fatalities per day over the past week, near the record high of 118 set in the spring and matched a week ago. Dan Petrella, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois reports 238 COVID-19 deaths, the most in a single day since the pandemic began," 2 Dec. 2020 Even with the retreat, Bitcoin has more than doubled this year and until recently was knocking on the door of the record high of $19,511 set in 2017. Eric Lam, Fortune, "Bitcoin bombs lower, taking other digital coins with it," 26 Nov. 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

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

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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.

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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