- 1the highest level or number Profits reached an all-time high last year. weather
- 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
- 3the highest temperature reached during a particular day, week, etc. Highs today will be in the region of 25°C. from drugs
- 4(informal) the feeling of extreme pleasure and excitement that somebody gets after taking some types of drugs The high lasted all night. from success/enjoyment
- 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 school
- 6used in the name of a high school He graduated from Little Rock High in 1982. Word Familyhigh adjective noun adverbhighly adverbheight nounheighten verb Word Origin Old English hēah, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoog and German hoch.Extra 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(formal) in a high place We gazed down into the valley from on high.
- 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.
- 3in heaven The disaster was seen as a judgement from on high.