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

Make peanut butter swirl: In a heatproof bowl, microwave peanut butter on high for 30 seconds. Stir in melted butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Drizzle over brownie better, then use a knife to swirl. Marie Claire, "You Can Put CBD in That: Chocolatey Peanut Butter Brownies," 19 Apr. 2019 Through the highest of highs and lowest of lows, Hoda has been Kathie Lee's foundation over the last 11 years. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Star Kathie Lee Gifford on Leaving Hoda Kotb and a "Million Memories" Behind," 5 Apr. 2019 Take the perennial classic Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, which was reborn as the higher—and less linear—Nightmare at 30,000 Feet in the Peele-helmed Twilight Zone reboot. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Jordan Peele's Take on The Twilight Zone's "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" Breaks from the Original," 3 Apr. 2019 Dairy milk contains high levels of calcium and vitamin D, which promote bone growth and strength and help prevent osteoporosis in older adults, according to the NIH. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Is Sparkling Water Bad for You in Some Way?," 5 Apr. 2019 One of the priciest single meal items on the menu, the $4.99 double cheeseburger doesn't quite live up to the higher price tag. Alex Aronson, Redbook, "The 14 Best Costco Food Court Menu Items, Ranked," 4 Apr. 2019 Refinance applications were up 39%, and the MBA’s refinance index, which measures applications, hit its highest level since November 2016. Ben Eisen, WSJ, "Lenders Enjoy a Mini Refinancing Boom, but It Might Not Last Long," 3 Apr. 2019 All the countertops of the bars and kiosks are Silestone or Dekton, two high-quality materials invented by the Spanish company Cosentino that sells all over the world. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "A Mecca of Spanish Design and Food Opens in New York," 3 Apr. 2019 Family run and operated, Kodiak's ethos is centered on crafting high-quality leather bags that can last for multiple lifetimes. Popular Mechanics, "Grab This High-Quality Leather Travel Bag at 15% Off," 29 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Maybe the cables would break and drop the 54,000 pounds through the building, or perhaps the crane would fail to lift the needle high enough. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019 Unavowed landed high on our 2018’s Best Indie Games list for a reason. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Free copies of Morrowind, Divinity: Original Sin 2 gets a tactics spinoff," 25 Mar. 2019 Squat variations that include a plyometric component—like a jump—will get your heart rate high quickly, making them great for cardio in addition to strengthening your lower body. Amy Marturana, SELF, "17 Squat Variations That Will Seriously Work Your Butt," 18 Mar. 2019 For a look that's simultaneously relaxed and serious, try wearing high-rise, wide-leg linen trousers with flat sandals in a neutral hue. Nicola Fumo, Harper's BAZAAR, "5 Chic Looks You Can Wear to Work and on the Weekend," 18 Mar. 2019 Rescuers cracked open beers, hugging and trading high-fives. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 The average bed height is about 25 inches off the floor, though many antique beds are as high as 36 inches and some contemporary platform beds are just 18 inches high. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build Your Own Bed Frame," 21 Feb. 2019 Reading catcher Deivi Grullon is hitting .271, and his 11 home runs are one shy of his career high. Bob Brookover, Philly.com, "South Jersey native Jeff Singer working his way toward Phillies," 5 July 2018 Fatty types of fish are also high in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Fish may lower your risk of heart attack and stroke. Orthocincy, Cincinnati.com, "Benefits of eating fish," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Interest in plastic surgery is at an all-time high, but stigma and misinformation still surround the industry and patients. Erin Nicole Celletti And Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Considering a Tummy Tuck? Here's What to Expect From Abdominoplasty," 7 Mar. 2019 And despite the Colombian government’s effort to eradicate the plant, coca cultivation is at an all-time high. Johnny Harris, Vox, "Why Colombia is losing the cocaine war," 18 Dec. 2018 With inventory lagging, existing home sales have dropped With prices already at all-time highs in most markets, rising interest rates are likely to exacerbate affordability problems. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Is the housing market starting to cool off?," 2 Aug. 2018 University officials believe transfer student enrollment, which is at an all-time high, will grow. Lauren Hernandez, SFChronicle.com, "UC admits record number of transfer students for fall," 12 July 2018 As RentCafe’s national average rent reached an all-time high of $1,405 in June, a 2.9 percent rise since June 2017, increases were seen in 88 percent of the 250 biggest cities in the country. Bill Zimmerman, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando rents spike as more millennials consider home buying," 9 July 2018 Return to soccer With her golf game at an all-time high, Cavaiani decided to get those cleats out one last time. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kettle Moraine grad Cavaiani continues impressive rise as she qualifies for Junior PGA Championship for second straight year," 6 July 2018 Light, sweet crude for April delivery rose 1.4% to $59.87 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, on track to close at a fresh four-month high. Christopher Alessi, WSJ, "Oil Prices Hit Four-Month High on Falling Supplies," 20 Mar. 2019 During pregnancy, levels of progesterone reach all-time highs, but after giving birth, levels of the hormone drop quickly, which researchers think could be tied to postpartum depression. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "The New Postpartum Depression Drug Zulresso Comes With a Catch," 20 Mar. 2019

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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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