1 high /ˈhaɪ/ adjective
higher; highest
1 high
higher; highest
Learner's definition of HIGH
: rising or extending upward a great distance
opposite low
: extending or reaching upward more than other things of the same kind
opposite low
: located far above the ground or another surface
opposite low
: having a specified height
see also sky-high
always used before a noun : rising above surrounding land
opposite low
: greater than usual in amount, number, or degree
opposite low
: near or at the top of a range
opposite low
: having more than the usual or average amount of something often used in combination
opposite low; see also high in (below)
: very favorable
opposite low
: very good
opposite low
: morally good
opposite low
: above others in power, importance, etc.
opposite low
always used before a noun : very strong or forceful
: having qualities that appeal to intelligent people opposite low
always used before a noun : filled with the most activity
always used before a noun : of or relating to people who have a lot of money and spend it on travel, good food, etc. : rich and luxurious
: very exciting or intense
of a river, stream, etc. : rising farther up the banks than usual : having more water than usual opposite low
not used before a noun, informal : intoxicated by alcohol or drugs
often + on

come hell or high water

see hell

high and mighty

: having or showing the insulting attitude of people who believe that they are better or more important than other people
the high and (the) mighty : people who are important and powerful

high in

: containing a large amount of (something)

high on

US, informal
: excited or enthusiastic about (someone or something)

in high dudgeon

see dudgeon

it's high time

◊ If it's high time to do something, it is time to do something that should have been done a long time ago.

pay a high price

see 1pay

to high heaven(s)

see heaven
high, tall, and lofty mean being above the usual level in height.
high is used for things and not people, and it refers to distance from the ground or some other surface.
tall is used for both people and things.
lofty is a literary word that is used for something that rises to a very great or impressive height.
2 high /ˈhaɪ/ adverb
higher; highest
2 high
higher; highest
Learner's definition of HIGH
: at or to a high place or level
: at a high rate
informal : in a rich manner : in the manner of people who have and spend a lot of money

be riding high

see 1ride

fly high

see 1fly

high and dry

: in a helpless position : without help or protection

high and low

: everywhere

high off the hog

US, informal or high on the hog
: in a luxurious style

hold your head (up) high

see 1head

run high

see 1run

set the bar higher

see 1bar
3 high /ˈhaɪ/ noun
plural highs
3 high
plural highs
Learner's definition of HIGH
[count] : a high point or level
[noncount] US : a gear that is used for faster speeds of travel in a vehicle
called also (US) high gear
[count] informal : a state of intoxication produced by a drug
[count] weather : an area of high atmospheric pressure

from on high

: from God or heaven
: from people with power or authority
: from a high place

on a high

: feeling happy and excited
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