High meaning

High is defined as something that is further up than normal, goes upward, is far above the ground, or is slang for being under the influence of drugs.

An example of high is the altitude of an airplane in the sky.

An example of high is the location of a toddler who has climbed a six foot ladder.

An example of high is a person who is under the influence of a strong pain medication he took an hour ago.

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Of great force or violence.

High winds.

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Situated relatively far from the equator.

A high latitude.

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Of or relating to vowels produced with part of the tongue close to the palate, as in the vowel of tree.
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Far or farther from a reference point.

Was too high in the offensive zone to take a shot.

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Lofty or exalted in quality or character.

A person of high morals.

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Luxurious; extravagant.

High living.

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Of, relating to, or being the gear configuration or setting, as in an automotive transmission, that produces the greatest vehicular speed with respect to engine speed.
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At, in, or to a lofty position, level, or degree.

Saw a plane high in the sky; prices that had gone too high.

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In an extravagant or luxurious way.

Made a fortune and lived high.

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A lofty place or region.
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A high level or degree.

Summer temperatures reached an all-time high.

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The high gear configuration of a transmission.
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A center of high atmospheric pressure; an anticyclone.
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Of more than normal height; lofty; tall.
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A high degree, level, place, position, etc.
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An area of high barometric pressure.
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That gear of a motor vehicle, etc. producing the greatest speed and the lowest torque.
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A condition of euphoria induced as by drugs.
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Elevated in position or status; above many things.

The balloon rose high in the sky.

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Tall, lofty, at a great distance above the ground (at high altitude).
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(figuratively) Noble, especially of motives, intentions, etc.
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(slang) Under the influence of a mood-affecting drug, especially marijuana, or (less common) alcohol.
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Of a quantity or value, great or large.

My bank charges me a high interest rate.

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(acoustics) Of greater frequency, i.e. with more rapid wave oscillations.

The note was too high for her to sing.

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(of a body of water) With tall waves.
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(of meat, especially venison) Strong-scented; slightly tainted/spoiled; beginning to decompose.

Epicures do not cook game before it is high.

The tailor liked his meat high.

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Of great strength, force, importance, etc.; mighty; powerful; sometimes, triumphant; victorious; majestic, etc.

A high wind; high passions.

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Arrogant; lofty; boastful; proud.
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Very abstract; difficult to comprehend or surmount.
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(phonetics) Made with a high position of some part of the tongue in relation to the palate.
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Possessing a characteristic quality in a supreme or superior degree.

High (i.e. intense) heat; high (i.e. full or quite) noon; high (i.e. rich or spicy) seasoning; high (i.e. complete) pleasure; high (i.e. deep or vivid) colour; high (i.e. extensive, thorough) scholarship.

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In or to an elevated position.

How high above land did you fly?

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In or at a great value.

Costs have grown higher this year again.

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In a pitch of great frequency.

I certainly can't sing that high.

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A period of euphoria, from excitement or from an intake of drugs.

That pill gave me a high for a few hours, before I had a comedown.

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A drug that gives such a high.
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(informal) A large area of elevated atmospheric pressure; an anticyclone.
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The maximum atmospheric temperature recorded at a particular location, especially during one 24-hour period.
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An elevated place; a superior region; a height; the sky; heaven.
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(card games) The highest card dealt or drawn.
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(obsolete) To rise.

The sun higheth.

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To hie; to hasten.
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Extending upward a (specified) distance.
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Situated far above the ground or some other level.
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Reaching to or done from a height.

A high jump, a high dive.

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Grave; very serious.

High treason.

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Greatly advanced or developed; complex.

Higher mathematics, the higher vertebrates.

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Main; principal; chief.

A high priest.

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Greater in size, amount, degree, power, intensity, etc. than usual.

High prices, high voltage, a high profile.

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Advanced to its acme or fullness; fully reached.

High summer.

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Expensive; costly.
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Luxurious and extravagant.

High living.

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Haughty; overbearing.
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Designating or producing tones made by relatively fast vibrations; acute in pitch.
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Slightly tainted; having a strong smell.
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Extremely formal or rigid in matters of ceremony, doctrine, etc.
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Excited; elated.

High spirits.

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Far from the equator.

A high latitude.

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Designating or of that gear ratio of a motor vehicle transmission which produces the highest speed and the lowest torque.
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Articulated with the tongue held in a relatively elevated position in the mouth.
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In a high manner.
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In, at, to, or toward a high degree, level, place, position, etc.
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high and dry
  • In a position of helplessness; stranded:.
    Went off and left me high and dry.
  • Out of water. Used of a ship, for example.
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high and low
  • Here and there; everywhere:.
    Searched high and low for the keys.
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on high
  • High in the sky.
  • In heaven.
  • In a position of authority.
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high and dry
  • Out of the reach of the water.
  • Alone and helpless; stranded.
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high and low
  • Everywhere.
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high and mighty
  • Arrogant; haughty.
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high on
  • Enthusiastic about; very interested in or impressed by.
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on high
  • Up in space; high above.
  • (in) heaven.
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Origin of high

  • Middle English from Old English hēah
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English high, heigh, heih, from Old English hēah (“high, tall, lofty, high-class, exalted, sublime, illustrious, important, proud, haughty, deep, right”), from Proto-Germanic *hauhaz (“high”), from Proto-Indo-European *kewk- (“to bend, curve, arch, vault”), a suffixed form of *kew-. Cognate with Scots heich (“high”), Eastern Frisian hag (“high”), West Frisian heech (“high”), Dutch hoog (“high”), Low German hog (“high”), German hoch (“high”), Swedish hög (“high”), Icelandic hár (“high”), Lithuanian kaukas (“bump, boil, sore”), Russian куча (kúcha, “pile, heap, stack, lump”).
    From Wiktionary
  • From Middle English hiȝe, huȝe, huiȝe, huie, hige, from Old English hyġe (“thought, mind, heart, disposition, intention, courage, pride”), from Proto-Germanic *hugiz (“mind, sense”), of unknown origin. Cognate with North Frisian huwggje (“mind, sense”), Middle Low German höge, hoge (“thought, meaning, mood, happiness”), Middle High German hüge, huge, hoge (“mind, spirit, memory”), Danish hu (“mind”), Swedish håg (“mind, inclination”), Icelandic hugur (“mind”). Related to Hugh.
    From Wiktionary
  • See hie.
    From Wiktionary