\ 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



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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Our parents depend on us to offer high-quality, affordable childcare options located right in their own neighborhoods. Lourdes Urena, BostonGlobe.com, 4 May 2022 Back then, affordable, high-quality lip liners were few and far between, plus, finding a shade match for darker-skinned women of either ethnicity was a challenge. Thalía Henao, Allure, 3 May 2022 Make sure to choose a high-quality product from a reputable company. The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 May 2022 Nearly every option on our list is made of durable, high-quality plastic. Kylee Mcguigan, Popular Mechanics, 3 May 2022 This refrigerator stands out not only for its futuristic design and high-quality construction but also for its customizable interior setup. Olivia Lipski, Good Housekeeping, 2 May 2022 Decades of research clearly show that high-quality, small-group tutoring vaults students forward academically. Koby Levin And Isabel Lohman, Detroit Free Press, 2 May 2022 Offers on-site educational activities for all age groups, plus resources, and high-quality programs ranging from story time to science demonstrations, as well as virtual learning. Cindy Kent, Sun Sentinel, 2 May 2022 That’s using high-quality air filters to remove virus particles. Josh Fischman, Scientific American, 2 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb With the warmer weather, there are so many outdoor things to do, and festivals rank high on the list. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 6 May 2022 The ongoing rout in growth stocks deepened in premarket trading Friday, as investors dumped shares of high-flying technology companies and sought shelter in companies that stand to benefit from elevated commodity prices. WSJ, 6 May 2022 Fresh veggies are piled high, perfectly proportioned to complement that blast of beefy goodness. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 6 May 2022 The Game 2 victory is the reason the Panthers enter Game 3 riding high on a wave of positive energy. Chris Perkins, Sun Sentinel, 6 May 2022 In early April, Russian telecom operator Yota reported that the number of VPN users was 53.5 times as high as in January, according to the Tass state news service. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 Total crime year-to-date as of May 1 remained high compared to the same time in 2021, with a 41.6% increase, the NYPD’s latest crime statistics show. Fox News, 5 May 2022 Sometimes, tea sellers will label a particular tea as containing high, moderate, or low amounts of caffeine. Max Falkowitz, Bon Appétit, 5 May 2022 Most people with eating disorders are competitive, high-achieving individuals. ELLE, 5 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun It is currently expected to be hot and dry, with a forecast high of close to 90 degrees and humidity peaking at 15%. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 May 2022 Some describe an emotional high from being in an intense atmosphere. Georgia Wells, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Costs for the fossil fuel, which is used for heating and electricity as well as to produce plastics and petrochemicals, this year jumped to a 14-year high. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 5 May 2022 In 2020 alone, India reported 5,100 violations by Pakistan and 36 deaths along the LoC, marking a 17-year high. Haziq Qadri, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 May 2022 The Pew Research Organization unveiled a poll last Thursday saying 82% of Americans have an unfavorable view of China, a record high and increase of six percentage points from a year ago. Russell Flannery, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Of course, the S&P has already lost 12% from its record high at the close of 2021. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 4 May 2022 San Diego’s daytime high will hit 74 on Thursday, 72 on Friday and Saturday, and 68 on Sunday, when the onshore winds begin to pick up again. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 May 2022 Crypto curiosity remains strong Despite bitcoin’s sharp decline from its November all-time high, the share of adults who were considering purchasing bitcoin held steady at 21% at the end of January, a Morning Consult survey showed. Medora Lee, USA TODAY, 3 May 2022 See More

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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

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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\ 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


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

Choose the Right Synonym for high


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.


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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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