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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 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



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



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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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


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


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.


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


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

Last year, Florida was once again named the most dangerous state for bicyclists, with the highest rate of bicyclist fatalities, according to the most recent statistics from the Governors’ Highway Safety Association. David Schutz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Which Broward County roads are safe for bicyclists? Search our map," 13 July 2018 Friday’s yield decline comes a day after data showed U.S. inflation hit its highest rate in more than six years, eroding wage gains. Orla Mccaffrey, WSJ, "U.S. Government Bonds Gain On Trade Concerns," 13 July 2018 He's served in that role since, progressing from a rookie with no information about racing to a team member with a pivotal role at the highest level of motorsports in little more than two years. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Former U of L punter Josh Appleby now holds vital role for NASCAR team," 13 July 2018 Founders who were 50-something were almost twice as likely to succeed at the highest level than 30-something founders. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, "The best age for entrepreneurship," 13 July 2018 All without passing on costs to already angry taxpayers and energy users, who pay some of the highest electricity rates in the region. Justin Worland/pueblo, Time, "How One Industrial City Is Fighting to Go Green," 12 July 2018 The Commonwealth of Kentucky has the highest smoking rates of any state in the U.S. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "City wins appeal in public records lawsuit," 12 July 2018 According to the 2016 Small Arms Survey analysis of violent deaths, three regions with the highest femicide rates in the world are Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. refinery29.com, "U.S. Will Automatically Reject Asylum Requests From Domestic Violence Survivors," 12 July 2018 American IPO volumes are at their highest level for three years. The Economist, "Life as you know it is IPOver," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

In theory, this process of closing, rebidding and reconstituting continues until the school and the entire portfolio is high-performing. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "What’s really going on in Indiana’s public schools," 12 July 2018 Check out some of the best zip lines available in Michigan to see where your next high-flying adventure will take you. 1. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "6 of the best zip line courses in Michigan," 3 July 2018 Pros from Chicago Kite will be onsite performing high-flying demonstrations as well as offering expert kiting advice. Jen Banowetz, Naperville Sun, "Kite fest returns to Naperville," 24 May 2018 Some of the charges made by the bodyguards were for official city business, including airfare and hotel accommodations to keep up with Reed’s high-flying mayoral lifestyle that took him all over the globe. Dan Klepal, ajc, "Meals, laundry and a Vegas fight: bodyguards used city cards for Reed," 23 May 2018 At the time, Kik was flying high but then incurred major setbacks as a result of patent threats from BlackBerry and the arrival of Facebook's chat service, Messenger. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Chat App Kik Launches Second Blockchain to Boost Its Token Economy," 8 May 2018 Tesla’s once high-flying stock, buffeted by a downgrade from credit analysts, has dropped 26 percent from its peak in September. Dana Hull, Bloomberg.com, "Tesla Doesn’t Burn Fuel, It Burns Cash," 30 Apr. 2018 Clooney, 57, flew high above the car before crashing down to the pavement on the driver’s side. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Driver involved in George Clooney's Italy motorbike accident blames sun in his eyes for lane change," 13 July 2018 Samsung BioLogics had been flying high before regulators issued a warning in May that the company could be penalized for accounting irregularities. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "South Korea Regulator Says Samsung BioLogics Violated Accounting Rules," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The record high for today is 96 degrees and was set in 1931. Tanya Wildt, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit under excessive heat warning," 30 June 2018 Strader advocates for longer-term approaches backed by research that help students identify non-drug highs, such as hobbies and sports. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Do those real-life addiction stories really keep kids off drugs?," 12 July 2018 And the 10-year break-even rate, which indicates investors’ bets on average annual inflation over the next 10 years, has slipped from a recent high in May, ending Friday at 2.12 percentage points. Orla Mccaffrey, WSJ, "Government Bond Yields Climbed in 2nd Quarter on Trade Tensions, Slower Growth," 30 June 2018 The 34-year-old Markakis is batting .327 this season — a career high — and the Braves are 42-29 in the NL East, leading by 3½ games. The Baltimore Sun, baltimoresun.com, "Former Oriole Nick Markakis surges to lead among NL outfielders in All-Star voting," 19 June 2018 Riley Greene, Hagerty, Jr. Buzz: Finished 34-for-84 (.405) with team highs in runs (36), RBI (26), triples (6) and home runs (4). J.c. Carnahan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Sentinel baseball all-area teams led by Timber Creek's Bret Neilan," 8 June 2018 As the number of people diagnosed with mental health issues such as depression rises to new highs, the need for medical services to treat them is growing too. Nicole Spector /, NBC News, "Mental health services: How to get treatment if you can't afford it," 5 June 2018 Among girls, White Lake Lakeland’s Grace Stark leads the 100 highs (13.58) and will get a push from Oak Park’s Laurencin. Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, "What to watch for at the track and field state championships," 31 May 2018 Braun’s line-drive percentage is 22%, a career high, another indicator that luck has not been on his side. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Notes: It has been a season of challenges for Ryan Braun, who hopes for some better luck," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of high


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for high


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


see high entry 1


see high entry 1

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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



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



English Language Learners Definition of high (Entry 3 of 3)

: 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


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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


higher; highest

Kids Definition of high (Entry 2 of 3)

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



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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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)



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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