American English

Definition of high adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (higher, highest)
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    far from ground/bottom
  1. 1at or to a position or level that is a long way up from the ground or from the bottom An eagle circled high overhead. I can't jump any higher. She never got very high in the company. His desk was piled high with papers. She's aiming high (= hoping to be very successful) in her exams.
  2. value/amount
  3. 2at or to a large cost, value, or amount Prices are expected to rise even higher this year.
  4. sound
  5. 3at a high pitch I can't sing that high. opposite low
  6. Word Familyhigh adjective noun adverbhighly adverbheight nounheighten verbhigh adjective noun adverbhighly adverbheight nounheighten verbIdioms
    be riding high
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    to be successful or very confident The company is riding high this year.
    to be successful The rapper has been flying high recently, winning several coveted awards.
    high and low
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    everywhere I've searched high and low for my purse.
    hold your head high, hold up your head
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    to be proud of or not feel ashamed about something that you have done She managed to hold her head high and ignore what people were saying.
    (especially of feelings) to be strong and angry or excited Feelings ran high as the election approached.
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