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

There are three different heat settings—high, medium, and low, for just the right amount of warmth all year. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Buy Heated Folding Chairs," 5 Mar. 2019 Try a plush knit over a wool-blend midi skirt and a pair of slouchy knee-high boots for a polished look that's comfortable and castle-worthy. Nicola Fumo, Town & Country, "What to Pack for an Irish Getaway," 4 Mar. 2019 While Carys' dress was covered in appliqué flowers, Zeta-Jones' velvet gown featured a thigh-high leg slit, and flower detailing on the neckline: In August 2018, Carys spoke to Town & Country about growing up with two Hollywood icons as parents. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Catherine Zeta-Jones & Daughter Carys Twin in Off-the-Shoulder Red Gowns," 3 Mar. 2019 The number of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. reached a nearly 30-year high in 2018, according to a report being released Thursday that points to smartphone distraction and the growing prevalence of SUVs as possible factors. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Pedestrian Deaths Reach Highest Level in Nearly 30 Years," 28 Feb. 2019 Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Roasted Broccoli and Lemony Ricotta Flatbread," 15 Feb. 2019 Quiveringly pink, the wider-than-high, five-tiered Viktor & Rolf blancmange of a gown from the brand’s Spring 2019 Couture fair filled the foyer of Milan’s historic Teatro Gerolamo. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "“From Sun Kings to Drag Queens:” Alessandro Michele, Anna Wintour, and Andrew Bolton Set Up Camp in Milan," 22 Feb. 2019 And that number could be higher, but not all states have strong animal surveillance systems, the organization notes. Korin Miller, SELF, "What You Need to Know About So-Called 'Zombie' Deer Disease," 20 Feb. 2019 Today the striking yellow, orange, and blue houses—some dating back to 1681—have been renovated, and high-end restaurants fill the old port. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

One hypothesis is that the sulci — the grooves on the surface of the brain — experience high mechanical stress during an injury and burst open pockets of tau. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What a lifetime of playing football can do to the human brain," 4 Feb. 2019 But when the conditions are just right, much larger explosions send molten rock and other debris high into the air, according to USGS geologist Janet Babb. Audrey Mcavoy, The Seattle Times, "Lava crashes through roof of Hawaii tour boat, injuring 23," 16 July 2018 Four minutes in, Portugal won a corner, and when the ball was pumped into the box, Ronaldo muscled free of his marker and planted a stooping header high into the net. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "The Defining Moment of Another World Cup Game Belongs to Cristiano Ronaldo," 20 June 2018 The Braves' Ender Inciarte hit the foul high into the stands, where a woman named Gabby DiMarco sat, casually sipping her beer, CBS Sports reports. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Woman catches foul ball in beer at Padres game, proceeds to chug the beer with the ball in it," 6 June 2018 Particulates of sulfur dioxide from a major eruption can rise high into the stratosphere and prevent the sun’s energy from reaching the surface. Author: Erik Klemetti, Anchorage Daily News, "Five myths about volcanoes," 28 May 2018 Gustav Nyquist wristed a shot from the slot high into the net for Sweden to answer the Swiss opening goal by Nino Niederreiter. Karel Janicek, chicagotribune.com, "Sweden beats Switzerland to retain world ice hockey title," 20 May 2018 These are considered the most violent volcanoes and capable of enormous eruptions that spew millions of tons of ash and gases high into the atmosphere. Robert Krier, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Kilauea eruption not expected to affect regions beyond Hawaii," 17 May 2018 USA TODAY Sports Somewhere out there in the future, a woman will drive her racecar into victory lane at the end of a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race and lift the winner’s trophy high into the air. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "For most female racecar drivers, breaking through 'asphalt ceiling' proves elusive," 15 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His touchdown rate and passer rating are both career highs. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Oh, So Now the Seahawks Want to Run the Ball," 14 Dec. 2018 The previous high on July 5 was 99 degrees in 1996, the National Weather Service reported. Ramona Sentinel, "Town sizzles through record-breaking heat," 11 July 2018 My first one on one with Blake had gone so well and really set the bar high. Becca Kufrin, PEOPLE.com, "Bachelorette Becca Kufrin on That 'Embarrassing' Group Date — and Falling for One 'Standup Man'," 9 July 2018 As a sophomore in the 2016-17 season, Bryant Brown experienced the highs of a regional championship with Waukegan. Lamond Pope, Lake County News-Sun, "Mission possible: Bryant Brown focused on helping Waukegan bounce back in boys basketball," 5 July 2018 The potentially record-setting highs prompted the weather service to issue excessive heat advisories and warnings for the rest of the week. NBC News, "Sweltering temperatures bake East Coast ahead of July 4," 2 July 2018 Looking forward, the highs for the remainder of the week look like this: Tuesday 96, Wednesday (July Fourth) 92, and Thursday and Friday both 90. Anthony R. Wood, Philly.com, "Relief still days away in 'dangerously hot' Philadelphia," 2 July 2018 Nowhere is the schism between the highs and the lows of fashion more evident than in menswear. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Spring 2019 Men’s Trend Report," 27 June 2018 Its stock, up 30% over the past year, closed Friday within a penny of its record high. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Morgan Stanley, in Its Biggest Deal Since Crisis, Courts Future Millionaires," 11 Feb. 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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