Definition of high noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//haɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//haɪ//
    The Earth and the atmosphere
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  1. 1the highest level or number Profits reached an all-time high last year.
  2. weather
  3. 2an area of high air pressure; an anticyclone A high over southern Europe is bringing fine, sunny weather to all parts. See related entries: The Earth and the atmosphere
  4. 3the highest temperature reached during a particular day, week, etc. Highs today will be in the region of 25°C.
  5. from drugs
  6. 4(informal) the feeling of extreme pleasure and excitement that somebody gets after taking some types of drugs The high lasted all night.
  7. from success/enjoyment
  8. 5(informal) the feeling of extreme pleasure and excitement that somebody gets from doing something enjoyable or being successful at something He was on a real high after winning the competition. the highs and lows of her acting career
  9. school
  10. 6used in the name of a high school He graduated from Little Rock High in 1982.
  11. Word OriginOld English hēah, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoog and German hoch.Word Familyhigh adjective noun adverbhighly adverbheight nounheighten verbExtra examples He hit a career high with his performance as Al. He was still on a natural high after cheating death. Share prices reached an all-time high yesterday. She’s been on a real high since she got her exam results. The drug gives you a tremendous high. The number of prisoners has reached a historic high. This show is our swansong—we want to finish on a high. the emotional highs and lows of an actor’s life the high she got from cocaine Oil prices hit a high of $70 a barrel yesterday.Idioms
    1. 1(formal) in a high place We gazed down into the valley from on high.
    2. 2(humorous) the people in senior positions in an organization An order came down from on high that lunchbreaks were to be half an hour and no longer.
    3. 3in heaven The disaster was seen as a judgement from on high.
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