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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 combinationsky-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 timeIt'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 onbirds wheeling on high
c : heaven usually used with onwisdom 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

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 After 108 days in jail, he was released on March 6 on bail of 1 billion yen ($9 million) -- among the highest ever in Japan. Washington Post, "Why Ghosn’s Back in Jail and What It Says About Japan," 18 Sep. 2019 The surge continued Tuesday, with the overnight rate hitting a high of 10% before the NY Fed stepped in. Matt Egan, CNN, "A crack just emerged in the financial markets: The NY Fed spends $53 billion to rescue the overnight lending market," 17 Sep. 2019 But on Monday, Trump, whose tenure has marked a new high - or low - in the politicization of White House sports ceremonies, basked in the reflected glow of a sporting legend nonetheless. David Nakamura, courant.com, "Rejected by sports teams, Trump finds a new method to handpick athletes for White House ceremonies," 17 Sep. 2019 Both sides were easy on the high in he first half, though both lacked any real penetration - the first real effort of note coming on the stroke of half-time as Willian tested Jasper Cillessen in the visitors goal. SI.com, "Chelsea 0-1 Valencia: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Barkley Blunder Ruins Champions League Return," 17 Sep. 2019 The prices of things have gotten high in large part because interest rates have gone down so much but that props up the value of a dollar of earnings, or cash-flow. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman on Hong Kong’s Unrest, the Rise of Bitcoin, and Fundraising as an ‘Out-of-Body Experience’," 17 Sep. 2019 Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Trump's tax returns, Israelis vote on Netanyahu's political future & 'Dancing' the political twist: The Morning Rundown," 17 Sep. 2019 During the next half century, Blais would publish more than forty works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and writing for the stage, and earn many of Francophone literature’s highest international honors. Pasha Malla, The New Yorker, "Will American Readers Ever Catch on to Marie-Claire Blais?," 16 Sep. 2019 But on Monday, Trump, whose tenure has marked a new high — or low — in the politicization of White House sports ceremonies, basked in the reflected glow of a sporting legend nonetheless. chicagotribune.com, "Rejected by sports teams, Trump finds a new method to handpick athletes for White House ceremonies," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Tensions between the United States and Iran have been particularly high since Trump pulled out of the Iranian nuclear agreement and spiked sanctions on Tehran's fragile economy. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Critics go after Trump for saying US would 'shoot down' aggressive Iranian boats," 23 Apr. 2020 Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Night Cream Glycerin and ceramides are both high on the ingredient list of this deeply hydrating night cream, of which Debra Jaliman, MD, a dermatologist based in New York City, is a fan. Sara Spruch-feiner, Health.com, "Glycerin Might Be the Holy Grail Ingredient for Treating Dry Skin—Here's How to Use It," 15 Apr. 2020 Tensions are particularly high in New York, where coronavirus deaths have passed 1,000. Bloomberg.com, "Climate Talks Delayed; China Hid Outbreak’s Extent: Virus Update," 1 Apr. 2020 The drop-out rates for children in rural China are very high, higher than the government would admit. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Why China’s economic miracle is a myth made possible by exploitation of workers," 8 Mar. 2020 Tensions were high around a Ku Klux Klan rally downtown in May, followed by devastating tornadoes. Dan Sewell, Cincinnati.com, "After traumatic year, Ohio city rallies around hoops team," 28 Feb. 2020 Expectations are particularly high in New Hampshire for Sanders, who won the state by more than 20 percentage points in 2016 over Hillary Clinton, the eventual nominee. Julie Pace, SFChronicle.com, "Democrats anxious after fiasco marks start of race," 10 Feb. 2020 The stakes are particularly high this week for Biden, who has played front-runner in virtually every one of the previous seven debates but left Iowa in distant fourth place. oregonlive, "Who won New Hampshire’s Democratic debate? Vote here," 8 Feb. 2020 With both of them, notice how their hands are up high and coming down. Jessica Wang, WSJ, "Candidates Get Debate Messages Across With More Than Words," 7 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The number of women running America's largest corporations has hit a new high: 37 of the companies on this year's Fortune 500 are led by female CEOs. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "The number of female CEOs in the Fortune 500 hits an all-time record," 18 May 2020 Meanwhile, the effort to test targeted areas in the Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, metropolitan area bumped the coronavirus numbers to new daily highs in Saturday’s report, North Dakota health officials said. USA TODAY, "Unlimited free testing, Canyon roaming, beach crowds: News from around our 50 states," 18 May 2020 Stocks didn’t hit new highs until the nineteen-fifties. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Have the Record Number of Investors in the Stock Market Lost Their Minds?," 15 May 2020 Not surprisingly, shares of Lululemon Athletica are hitting new highs. Laura Forman And Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, "Lululemon’s Surge Could Have Long Legs," 14 May 2020 Deaths in Iowa surged to a new daily high of 19 on Tuesday, and 730 workers at a single Tyson Foods pork plant tested positive. Anchorage Daily News, "US infection rate rising outside New York as states open up," 6 May 2020 Dallas County reported a new daily high of 234 more cases Sunday, as well as its 111th death. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "In-person Mass, services resuming in North Texas," 4 May 2020 Concern was growing in Moscow that hospitals might become overwhelmed after Russia recorded a new one-day high of 9,633 new infections, a 20% increase over Friday’s count, which itself was a new daily record. Joseph Wilson, Time, "Western Europe Relaxes Coronavirus Measures as Cases Spike in Russia," 2 May 2020 RAL Companies and Oliver's Realty Group New York City’s real estate market reached new highs in April, even as the coronavirus outbreak threatened future home sales. Vivian Marino, New York Times, "A Record Sale in Brooklyn Among April’s Closings," 1 May 2020

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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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The first known use of high was before the 12th century

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“High.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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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

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
\ 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

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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.

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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 animalsthe 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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