Definition of high adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    high

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//haɪ//
     
    (higher, highest)
     
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  1. 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. 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
  3. far above ground
  4. 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
  5. greater than normal
  6. 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
  7. containing a lot
  8. 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
  9. rank/status
  10. 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
  11. valuable
  12. 7of great value to play for high stakes My highest card is ten.
  13. ideals/principles
  14. 8(usually before noun) morally good a man of high ideals/principles
  15. approving
  16. 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
  17. sound
  18. 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
  19. of period of time
  20. 11[only before noun] used to describe the middle or the most attractive part of a period of time high noon high summer
  21. on alcohol/drugs
  22. 12[not before noun] high (on something) (informal) behaving in an excited way because of the effects of alcohol or drugs
  23. phonetics
  24. 13 (phonetics) = close2 (14)
  25. 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
    be/get on your high horse(informal)
     
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    to behave in a way that shows you think you are better than other people
    get off your high horse(informal)
     
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    to stop behaving in a way that shows you think you are better than other people
    have a high old time(old-fashioned)(informal)
     
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    to enjoy yourself very much
    (come) hell or high water
     
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    despite any difficulties I was determined to go, come hell or high water.
      high and dry
       
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    1. 1(of a boat, etc.) in a position out of the water Their yacht was left high and dry on a sandbank.
    2. 2in a difficult situation, without help or money
    high and mighty(informal)
     
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    behaving as though you think you are more important than other people
    high as a kite(informal)
     
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    behaving in a very excited way because of being strongly affected by alcohol or drugs
    a high/low profile
     
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    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).
    in high dudgeon(old-fashioned)(formal)
     
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    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.
    it's about/high time(informal)
     
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    used to say that you think someone should do something soon It's time you cleaned your room!
    of a high order,of the highest/first order
     
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    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.
      smell, stink, etc. to high heaven(informal)
       
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    1. 1to have a strong unpleasant smell
    2. 2to seem to be very dishonest or morally unacceptable
    take, claim, seize, etc. the moral high ground
     
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    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
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