- 1 measuring a long distance from the bottom to the top What's the highest mountain in the U.S? The house has a high wall all the way around it. shoes with high heels He has a round face with a high forehead. opposite low
- 2 used to talk about the distance that something measures from the bottom to the top How high is Everest? It's only a low wall—about a yard high. The grass was waist-high. knee-high boots far above ground
- 3at a level that is a long way above the ground or above the level of the ocean a high branch/shelf/window The rooms had high ceilings. streaks of high cloud They were flying at high altitude. the grasslands of the high prairies opposite low greater than normal
- 4 greater or better than normal in quantity or quality, size, or degree a high temperature/speed/price a high rate of inflation Demand is high at this time of year. a high level of pollution a high standard of craftsmanship high-quality goods a high risk of injury Ahigh degree of accuracy is needed. The tree blew over in the high winds. We had high hopes for the business (= we believed it would be successful). A high proportion of our staff is female. The cost in terms of human life was high. compare low containing a lot
- 5high (in something) containing a lot of a particular substance opposite low foods which are high in fat a high potassium content a high-fat diet rank/status
- 6 (usually before noun) near the top in rank or status She has held high office under three presidents. He has friends in high places (= among people of power and influence). opposite low valuable
- 7of great value to play for high stakes My highest card is ten. ideals/principles
- 8(usually before noun) morally good a man of high ideals/principles approving
- 9(usually before noun) showing a lot of approval or respect for someone She is held in very high regard by her colleagues. You seem to have a high opinion of yourself! opposite low sound
- 10at the upper end of the range of sounds that humans can hear; not deep or low She has a high voice. That note is definitely too high for me. opposite low of period of time
- 11[only before noun] used to describe the middle or the most attractive part of a period of time high noon high summer on alcohol/drugs
- 12[not before noun] high (on something) (informal) behaving in an excited way because of the effects of alcohol or drugs phonetics
- 13 (phonetics) = close2 (14) Which Word?high / tall High is used to talk about the measurement from the bottom to the top of something:The fence is over five feet high. He has climbed some of the world’s highest mountains.You also use high to describe the distance of something from the ground:How high (up) was the plane when the engine failed? Tall is used instead of high to talk about people:My brother’s much taller than me.Tall is also used for things that are high and narrow, such as trees:She ordered cold beer in a tall glass. tall factory chimneys.Buildings can be high but they are much more frequently tall.Word Familyhigh adjective noun adverbhighly adverbheight nounheighten verbIdioms
- 1(of a boat, etc.) in a position out of the water Their yacht was left high and dry on a sandbank.
- 2in a difficult situation, without help or money
- 1to have a strong unpleasant smell
- 2to seem to be very dishonest or morally unacceptable
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adjectivejump to other results
to behave in a way that shows you think you are better than other people
be/get on your high horse (informal)jump to other results
to stop behaving in a way that shows you think you are better than other people
get off your high horse (informal)jump to other results
to enjoy yourself very much
have a high old time (old-fashioned) (informal)jump to other results
despite any difficulties I was determined to go, come hell or high water.
(come) hell or high waterjump to other results
high and dryjump to other results
behaving as though you think you are more important than other people
high and mighty (informal)jump to other results
behaving in a very excited way because of being strongly affected by alcohol or drugs
high as a kite (informal)jump to other results
the amount of attention someone or something has from the public This issue has had a high profile in recent months. I advised her to keep a low profile for the next few days (= not to attract attention).
a high/low profilejump to other results
in an angry or offended mood, and showing other people that you are angry He stomped out of the room in high dudgeon. She stormed off in high dudgeon.
in high dudgeon (old-fashioned) (formal)jump to other results
used to say that you think someone should do something soon It's time you cleaned your room!
it's about/high time (informal)jump to other results
of a high quality or degree; of the highest quality or greatest degree The job requires diplomatic skills of a high order. She was a snob of the first order.
of a high order, of the highest/first orderjump to other results
smell, stink, etc. to high heaven (informal)jump to other results
to claim that your side of an argument is morally better than your opponent's side; to argue in a way that makes your side seem morally better
take, claim, seize, etc. the moral high groundjump to other results