having a great or considerable extent or reach upward or vertically; lofty; tall: a high wall.
having a specified extent upward: The apple tree is now 20 feet high.
situated above the ground or some base; elevated: a high platform;a high ledge.
exceeding the common degree or measure; strong; intense: high speed;high color.
expensive; costly; dear: The price of food these days is much too high.
exalted in rank, station, eminence, etc.; of exalted character or quality: a high official;high society.
acute in pitch.
a little sharp, or above the desired pitch.
produced by relatively rapid vibrations; shrill: the high sounds of crickets.
extending to or from an elevation: a high dive.
great in quantity, as number, degree, or force: a high temperature;high cholesterol.
chief; principal; main: the high altar of a church.
of great consequence; important; grave; serious; the high consequences of such a deed;high treason.
haughty; arrogant: He took a high tone with his subordinates.
advanced to the utmost extent or to the culmination: high tide.
elevated; merry or hilarious: high spirits;a high old time.
rich; extravagant; luxurious: They have indulged in high living for years.
Informal. intoxicated with alcohol or narcotics: He was so high he couldn't stand up.
remote: high latitude;high antiquity.
extreme in opinion or doctrine, especially religious or political: a high Tory.
designating or pertaining to highland or inland regions.
having considerable energy or potential power.
Automotive. of, relating to, or operating at the gear transmission ratio at which the speed of the engine crankshaft and of the drive shaft most closely correspond: high gear.
(of meat, especially game) tending toward a desirable or undesirable amount of decomposition; slightly tainted: He likes his venison high.
Metallurgy. containing a relatively large amount of a specified constituent (usually used in combination): high-carbon steel.
Baseball. (of a pitched ball) crossing the plate at a level above the batter's shoulders: The pitch was high and outside.
having greater value than other denominations or suits.
able to take a trick; being a winning card.
being or having a winning combination: Whose hand is high?
Nautical. noting a wind of force 10 on the Beaufort scale, equal to a whole gale.
at or to a high point, place, or level.
in or to a high rank or estimate: He aims high in his political ambitions.
at or to a high amount or price.
in or to a high degree.
luxuriously; richly; extravagantly: They have always lived high.
Nautical. as close to the wind as is possible while making headway with sails full.
Automotive. high gear: He shifted into high when the road became level.
Informal. high school.
a high or the highest point, place, or level; peak: a record high for unemployment.
a euphoric state induced by alcohol, drugs, etc.
a period of sustained excitement, exhilaration, or the like: After winning the lottery he was on a high for weeks.
Cards. the ace or highest trump out, especially in games of the all fours family.
Idioms about high
fly high, to be full of hope or elation: His stories began to sell, and he was flying high.
high and dry,
(of a ship) grounded so as to be entirely above water at low tide.
high and low, in every possible place; everywhere: The missing jewelry was never found, though we searched high and low for it.
high on, Informal. enthusiastic or optimistic about; having a favorable attitude toward or opinion of.
at or to a height; above.
having a high position, as one who makes important decisions: the powers on high.
- o·ver·high, adjective
- o·ver·high·ly, adverb
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How to use high in a sentence
There are keywords that we feel are important, even though they may be generic and high-volume.A comprehensive guide on using Google Trends for keyword research | Aayush Gupta | February 12, 2021 | Search Engine Watch
This is more a manual job with high chances of ads not delivering to expectations.Five ways to use machine learning in digital marketing | Birbahadur Kathayat | February 12, 2021 | Search Engine Watch
Disney didn’t think it would hit that number for several more years, so it’s giving itself a much higher goal.Disney+ subscribers keep growing, but they’re making Disney less money | Adam Epstein | February 11, 2021 | Quartz
Continual monitoring and optimization of the team’s high-level KPIs, CTR, and CPC is what ultimately drove success for the business.Case study: Schneider Electric’s digital transformation through centralized search | Evan Kent and Kimberly Dutcher | February 11, 2021 | Search Engine Watch
If you haven’t produced high-quality content in the first place, it’s unlikely that optimization will help you get any further.A small business’ step-by-step guide to dominating local search in 2021 | Joseph Dyson | February 10, 2021 | Search Engine Watch
Eric Garcetti succeeded Villaraigosa and has received high marks in his first year and a half on the job.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races | David Freedlander | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nor does the jet have the ability to capture high-definition video, utilize an infra-red pointer.
Obsessive exercising and inadequate nutrition can, over time, put people at high risk for overuse injuries like stress fractures.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models | Carrie Arnold | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The most recent activity had a high point of 3.6 on the Richter Scale.26 Earthquakes Later, Fracking’s Smoking Gun Is in Texas | James Joiner | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
He felt his body grow limp (like one of those high-speed films of a flower wilting).Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’ | Asawin Suebsaeng | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Honour the physician for the need thou hast of him: for the most high hath created him.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
The most high hath created medicines out of the earth, and a wise man will not abhor them.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
The Majesty on high has a colony and a people on earth, which otherwise is under the supremacy of the Evil One.Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
In cross-section the burrows varied from round (three inches in diameter) to oval (three inches high and four inches wide).Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula | Erwin E. Klaas
As Spain, however, has fallen from the high place she once held, her colonial system has also gone down.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
British Dictionary definitions for high
being a relatively great distance from top to bottom; tall: a high building
situated at or extending to a relatively great distance above the ground or above sea level: a high plateau
(postpositive) being a specified distance from top to bottom: three feet high
(in combination): a seven-foot-high wall
extending from an elevation: a high dive
(in combination) coming up to a specified level: knee-high
being at its peak or point of culmination: high noon
of greater than average height: a high collar
greater than normal in degree, intensity, or amount: high prices; a high temperature; a high wind
of large or relatively large numerical value: high frequency; high voltage; high mileage
(of sound) acute in pitch; having a high frequency
(of latitudes) situated relatively far north or south from the equator
(of meat) slightly decomposed or tainted, regarded as enhancing the flavour of game
of great eminence; very important: the high priestess
exalted in style or character; elevated: high drama
expressing or feeling contempt or arrogance: high words
elated; cheerful: high spirits
(predicative) informal overexcited: by the end of term the children are really high
informal being in a state of altered consciousness, characterized esp by euphoria and often induced by the use of alcohol, narcotics, etc
luxurious or extravagant: high life
advanced in complexity or development: high finance
(of a gear) providing a relatively great forward speed for a given engine speed: Compare low 1 (def. 21)
phonetics of, relating to, or denoting a vowel whose articulation is produced by raising the back of the tongue towards the soft palate or the blade towards the hard palate, such as for the ee in English see or oo in English moon: Compare low 1 (def. 20)
(capital when part of name) formal and elaborate in style: High Mass
(usually capital) of or relating to the High Church
remote, esp in time
having a relatively great value in a suit
able to win a trick
high and dry stranded; helpless; destitute
high and low in all places; everywhere
high and mighty informal arrogant
high as a kite informal
euphoric from drugs
high opinion a favourable opinion
at or to a height: he jumped high
in a high manner
nautical close to the wind with sails full
a high place or level
informal a state of altered consciousness, often induced by alcohol, narcotics, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with high
In addition to the idioms beginning with high
- high and dry
- high and low
- high and mighty
- high as a kite
- high gear
- high hopes
- high horse
- high jinks
- high off the hog, eat
- high on
- high places, friends in
- high seas
- high sign
- high time
- blow sky-high
- fly high
- friend in court (high places)
- hell or high water
- hit the high spots (points)
- hold one's head high
- in high dudgeon
- knee-high to a grasshopper
- on high
- on one's high horse
- ride high
- run high
- stink to high heaven
- think a lot (highly) of
- turn on (get high)
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