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adjective \ˈhī\

Definition of high

  1. 1a :  rising or extending upward a great distance :  taller than average, usual, or expected a high wall a high fly ballb :  having a specified height or elevation :  tall six feet high —often used in combinations sky-high waist-highc :  situated or passing above the normal level, surface, base of measurement, or elevation the high desert

  2. 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 mathematicsb :  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. 3 :  elevated in pitch (see 4pitch 4b(1)) a high note

  4. 4 :  relatively far from the equator high latitude

  5. 5 :  rich in quality :  luxurious high living

  6. 6 :  slightly tainted or spoiled high game meat; also :  malodorous smelled rather high

  7. 7 :  exalted or elevated in character :  noble high purposes

  8. 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. 9 :  of relatively great importance: such asa :  foremost in rank, dignity, or standing high officialsb :  serious, grave high crimesc :  observed with the utmost solemnity high religious observancesd :  critical, climactic the high point of the novele :  intellectually or artistically of the first order or best quality high culturef :  marked by sublime, heroic, or stirring events or subject matter high tragedy a tale of high adventure

  10. 10 :  forcible, strong high winds

  11. 11 :  stressing matters of doctrine and ceremony; specifically :  high church

  12. 12a :  filled with or expressing great joy or excitement high spiritsb :  intoxicated; also :  excited or stupefied by or as if by a drug getting high on heroine

  13. 13 :  articulated or pronounced with some part of the tongue close to the palate a high vowel

high on

  1. :  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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Definition of high

  1. 1 :  at or to a high place, altitude, level, or degree climbed higher passions ran high

  2. 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

Origin and Etymology of high

see 1high


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Definition of high

  1. 1 :  an elevated place or region: such asa :  hill, knollb :  the space overhead :  sky —usually used with on birds wheeling on highc :  heaven —usually used with on wisdom from on high

  2. 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. 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 careerb :  the transmission gear of a vehicle (such as an automobile) giving the greatest speed of travel put it into high

  4. 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 dayb :  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

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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

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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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adjective \ˈhī\

Definition of high for Students

higher

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highest

  1. 1 :  extending to a great distance above the ground high mountains

  2. 2 :  having a specified elevation :  tall The building is 50 stories high.

  3. 3 :  of greater degree, size, amount, or cost than average high temperatures high speed

  4. 4 :  having great force high winds

  5. 5 :  pitched or sounding above some other sound a high note a high voice

  6. 6 :  very serious high crimes

  7. 7 :  of the best quality high art

  8. 8 :  rich in quality high living


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Definition of high for Students

higher

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highest

  1. :  at or to a high place or degree She jumped higher than the others.


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Definition of high for Students

  1. 1 :  a high point or level Prices reached a new high.

  2. 2 :  a region of high barometric pressure A strong high brought clear skies.

  3. 3 :  the arrangement of gears in an automobile giving the highest speed of travel

on high

  1. :  in the sky :  up above clouds on high


Medical Dictionary

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adjective \ˈhī\

Medical Definition of high

  1. 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. 2a:  exhibiting elation or euphoric excitement a high patientb:  being intoxicated; also :  excited or stupefied by or as if by a drug (as marijuana or heroin)


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Medical Definition of high

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



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