\ ˈhī How to pronounce high (audio) \

Essential Meaning of high

1 : rising or extending upward a great distance high mountains/peaks a high [=tall] building a high fly ball
2 : extending or reaching upward more than other things of the same kind high boots a high collar See More Examplesa high fence high [=tall] grassHide
3 : located far above the ground or another surface high clouds/altitudes The sun was high [=far above the horizon] in the eastern sky. See More ExamplesThe apartment has high ceilings. The cat was found high (up) in the tree. The airplane was high above the clouds.Hide

Full 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Rangnick has regularly been linked with high-profile jobs at top European clubs over the past decade, without the rumors ever quite being realized. Rob Harris, ajc, 25 Nov. 2021 Halloween was the latest in a string of several high-profile, system-wide breakdowns from major U.S. airlines since travel demand picked up again in early summer, more than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic emptied airports. Dan Catchpole, Fortune, 24 Nov. 2021 Stause is closer to the show’s center, having lived through a high-profile divorce in the time the show’s been airing. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 24 Nov. 2021 Members of the Oath Keepers have engaged in high-profile armed standoffs against the federal government. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, 24 Nov. 2021 In one high-profile example, Turkish state media reported in 2019 that the government had requested a red notice for National Basketball Association star Enes Kanter, who has been highly critical of the government. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2021 The outcome of the trial in Georgia runs counter to another high-profile self-defense case that was unfolding at the same time involving Illinois teenager Kyle Rittenhouse. NBC News, 24 Nov. 2021 Bamberg, a 34-year-old Democratic state representative, has represented families in several high-profile cases after police shootings, including that of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., in 2016. Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2021 In a high-profile pivot last year, Airbus switched from a strong focus on the development of small electric planes to a new initiative exploring the potential of hydrogen. Paul Sillers, CNN, 24 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Surrounded by panoramic views of Manhattan in a dining room set high in the sky, guests—including design stars Jonathan Cohen, Alejandra Alonso Rojas, and Jameel Mohammed—enjoyed a delicious dinner. Ian Malone, Vogue, 12 Nov. 2021 Our favorite on the menu is the lobster club, which is piled high with meaty morsels, sriracha mayonnaise, heirloom tomatoes, crispy applewood bacon and avocado. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 Nonetheless, when venturing into subzero conditions, Andrew Mahon, 24, a photographer, wears a beanie rolled up high across his upper forehead, leaving his precious ears fully exposed. WSJ, 10 Nov. 2021 Here's why these cities ranked high — or low — in the report. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 10 Nov. 2021 The horn players, who could not play with masks, performed high up in the venue’s mezzanine section to ensure safety protocols were followed. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Nov. 2021 Also ranked high: exploring the origins and evolution of black holes, neutron stars, galaxies and the entire universe. Marcia Dunn, orlandosentinel.com, 5 Nov. 2021 Also ranked high: exploring the origins and evolution of black holes, neutron stars, galaxies and the entire universe. Fox News, 4 Nov. 2021 That mark equals his career high, set during his rookie year, but Jackson’s using his time much differently nowadays. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 2 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In May, for example, bitcoin dropped to $30,000, plunging roughly 50% below its previous all-time high. Jazmin Goodwin, CNN, 13 Nov. 2021 Notably, that's a nearly 30% stronger streaming showing than last year, when the zombie-terror classic scared up 17 million streams (up 95%) during Halloween week, hitting its initial high of No. 51. Eric Frankenberg, Billboard, 12 Nov. 2021 Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, hits 90F, five degrees more than its previous all-time high. The Guardian, Scientific American, 11 Nov. 2021 Since reaching its latest all-time high, bitcoin pulled back somewhat, approaching $67,000 but never reaching that level. Charles Bovaird, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 The Eagles ran for 237 yards, easily eclipsing their previous season-high of 173 yards set in the opening day win over Atlanta. Martin Frank, USA TODAY, 31 Oct. 2021 As such, the Biden administration has committed to cut American climate pollution in half by 2030 compared with its all-time high. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 29 Oct. 2021 Still, the economy has more than eclipsed its pre-pandemic high, after adjusting for inflation, and growth for the year is still projected to approach 6 percent — its fastest rate in almost four decades. Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2021 His previous high was 108.2 innings in Class A ball in 2019. Matt Young, Chron, 26 Oct. 2021

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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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More Definitions for high


\ 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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