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1 extending to a great distance upward
  • as the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest is mountaineering's holy grail

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2 being at a higher level than average
  • gasoline prices are high right now
  • a high fever
  • people with high incomes

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3 located at a greater height than average or usual
  • an eagle's nest high on the cliff
  • an old house with high ceilings

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5 being under the influence of alcohol
  • not only has he never been high, he has never even tasted alcohol

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6 commanding a large price
  • the concert tickets weren't cheap—you don't even want to know how high they were

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7 having, characterized by, or arising from a dignified and generous nature
  • she had the highest intentions, but her "help" turned out to be a disaster

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9 being under the influence of a recreational drug
  • he's clean now, but when he was younger he used to get high every day

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high

noun

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2 the expanse of air surrounding the earth
  • V formations of honking geese on high mean winter will soon be here

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high

adverb

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How does the adjective high contrast with its synonyms?

The words lofty and tall are common synonyms of high. While all three words 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

In what contexts can lofty take the place of high?

Although the words lofty and high have much in common, lofty suggests great or imposing altitude.

lofty mountain peaks

When might tall be a better fit than high?

The words tall and high can be used in similar contexts, but tall applies to what grows or rises high by comparison with others of its kind and usually implies relative narrowness.

a tall thin man

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

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28 May 2020

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“High.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/high. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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