high1 W1S1 [haı] adj comparative higher superlative highest
↑high, ↑low
1¦(from bottom to top)¦
2¦(above ground)¦
3¦(large number)¦
4¦(good standard)¦
5¦(containing a lot)¦
8 high opinion/regard/praise etc
9 high priority
10 high hopes/expectations
12 high point
13 high ground
14 high spirits
18 it is high time somebody did something
20 high wind
21 high alert
22 high life/living
23 high drama/adventure
24 end/finish/begin etc (something) on a high note
25 high principles/ideals
26 high and mighty
27 be/get on your high horse
29 high days and holidays
30 high complexion/colouring
31 in high dudgeon
[: Old English; Origin: heah]
measuring a long distance from the bottom to the top
≠ ↑low
This is the highest mountain in Japan.
The camp was surrounded by a high fence.
100 feet/30 metres etc high
Waves of up to 40 metres high were recorded.
a ten-foot high statue
How high is the Eiffel Tower?
chest/waist/knee etc high
(=as high as your chest etc)
The grass was knee-high.
see usage notebig1
in a position that is a long way, or a longer way than usual, above the ground, floor etc
≠ ↑low
The apartment had spacious rooms with high ceilings.
a high shelf
high altitudes
The sun was already high in the sky.
High up among the clouds, we saw the summit of Everest.
a high amount, number, or level is large, or larger than usual
≠ ↑low
Temperatures remained high for the rest of the week.
Lower-paid workers often cannot afford the high cost of living in the capital.
high level/degree/rate etc (of sth)
High levels of car use mean our streets are more congested than ever.
high crime rates
high interest rates
high price/charge/tax etc
If you want better public services, you'll have to pay higher taxes - it's as simple as that.
The train was approaching at high speed .
high proportion/percentage etc (of sth)
(=a very large part of a number)
A high proportion of women with children under five work full-time.
a high standard, quality etc is very good
≠ ↑low
a high performance computer
high quality
a range of high quality goods at low prices
Our aim is to provide the highest quality service to all our customers.
high standard
(=very good levels of work, achievement, behaviour etc)
The general standard of the entries was very high.
Our guests expect us to maintain high standards .
containing a lot of a particular substance or quality
≠ ↑low
high in sth
Choose foods that are high in fiber and low in calories.
a high sugar/salt/fibre etc content
Red meat tends to have a high fat content.
having an important position in society or within an organization
≠ ↑low
a high rank in the US Navy
the City's highest honour
high up
(=in a powerful position)
someone high up in the CIA
high office
(=an important position)
Both of them held high office in the Anglican Church.
high society
(=rich people of the highest social class)
→↑high-class, high-ranking, high-up,friends in high places atfriend
7.) ¦(ADVANCED)¦ [only before noun]
advanced and often complicated
We can offer all the benefits of the latest high technology .
the world of high finance
the higher animals/mammals/organisms etc
(=animals etc that are more intelligent or advanced than others)
8.) high opinion/regard/praise etc
strong approval of someone or something, or an expression of strong approval
I've always had a high opinion of her work.
hold sb/sth in high esteem/regard
(=respect them very much)
As an educationalist, he was held in very high esteem.
Romsey earned high praise from his boss.
9.) high priority also high on the list/agenda
important and needing to be done or dealt with quickly
Most people feel that education needs to be given higher priority.
Arms control is high on the agenda.
10.) high hopes/expectations
when someone hopes or expects that something will be very good or successful
My expectations of the place were never very high, but I didn't think it would be this bad.
have high hopes/expectations
Like many young actors, I had high hopes when I first started out.
11.) ¦(SOUND)¦
near or above the top of the range of sounds that humans can hear
≠ ↑low
I always had difficulty reaching the high notes (=when singing) .
a high squeaky voice
12.) high point also high spot
BrE an especially good part of an activity or event
The visit to the ancient capital city was one of the high points of the tour.
13.) high ground
a) an area of land that is higher than the area surrounding it
Villagers herded the livestock to high ground to keep them safe during the floods.
b) a better, more moral, or more powerful position in an argument or competition
Neither side in this conflict can claim the moral high ground .
14.) high spirits
feelings of happiness and energy, especially when you are having fun
It was a bright sunny day and we set off in high spirits .
I don't think they intended any harm - it was just high spirits.
15.) ¦(HAPPY/EXCITED)¦ [not before noun]
happy and excited
I was still high from the applause they'd given me.
16.) ¦(DRUGS)¦ [not before noun]
behaving in a strange and excited way as the result of taking drugs
high on
Most people there were high on cocaine.
get high
(=take a drug to make yourself high)
Steve was as high as a kite (=strongly affected by drugs or alcohol) .
17.) ¦(SEA/RIVER)¦
having risen to a high level
≠ ↑low
The river is at its highest in spring.
→↑high tide
18.) it is high time sb did sth
used to say that something should be done now
It's high time you got a job.
19.) ¦(TIME)¦
the middle or the most important part of a particular period of time
high summer
high noon
(=12 o'clock in the middle of the day)
20.) high wind
a strong wind
21.) high alert
a situation in which people are told to be ready because there is a strong possibility of an attack or of something dangerous happening
put/place sb on high alert
Troops were put on high alert.
22.) high life/living
the enjoyable life that rich and fashionable people have
We're all stuck here, while he's off living the high life in New York.
23.) high drama/adventure
very exciting events or situations
a life with moments of high drama
24.) end/finish/begin etc (sth) on a high note
to end, finish something etc in a successful way
The team finished their tour on a high note in Barbados.
25.) high principles/ideals
ideas about personal behaviour based on the belief that people should always behave in an honest and morally good way
a man of high moral principles
26.) high and mighty
talking or behaving as if you think you are better or more important than other people
Don't get high and mighty with me.
27.) be/get on your high horse
to give your opinion about something in a way that shows you think you are definitely right and that other people are wrong
If she'd get down off her high horse for a moment, she might realize there's more than one point of view here.
28.) ¦(FOOD)¦
BrE cheese, meat etc that is high is not fresh and has a strong smell or taste
29.) high days and holidays
BrE special occasions
30.)high complexion/colouring
BrE a naturally pink or red face
31.) in high dudgeon
formal in an angry or offended way - often used humorously
32.) ¦(LANGUAGE)¦
a) high style/register
BrE a very formal style of language, especially used in literature
b) high German/Dutch etc
a form of a language used for formal purposes that is often different from the ordinary form used by most people
stink to high heaven atstink1 (1)
HINT sense 1
Do not use high to describe people, animals, trees, plants, and narrow things of above average height. Use tall: You're getting very tall (NOT You're getting very high). |tall buildings (NOT high buildings)
high 2
high2 adv
1¦(above the ground)¦
5 (leave somebody/something) high and dry
6 look/search high and low
at or to a level high above the ground, the floor etc
≠ ↑low
He kicked the ball high into the air, over the heads of the crowd.
high above/into etc
Hotel Miramar is situated high above the bay.
A ski lift whisks you high into the mountains.
at or to a high value, cost, amount etc
≠ ↑low
If prices shoot up any higher, no-one be able to afford to live in the area.
Tom scored higher than anyone else in the class.
3.) ¦(SOUND)¦
with a high sound
A strange cry rang high into the night.
at or to a high rank or level of achievement, especially within a company
≠ ↑low
It seems that the higher you rise, the less time you have to actually do your job.
My parents always encouraged me to aim high .
5.) (leave sb/sth) high and dry
a) if someone is left high and dry, they are left without any help or without the things that they need
b) if a boat, area etc is left high and dry, it is left on land because the water that surrounded it has gone down
The once-thriving port of Rye was left high and dry as sea levels retreated.
6.) look/search high and low
to try to find someone or something by looking everywhere
We looked high and low for Sandy but couldn't find her.
hold your head high athold1 (16)
live high on the hog atlive1 (26)
be riding high atride1 (6)
run high atrun1 (28)
high 3
high3 n
6 from on high
7 on high
the highest price, number, temperature etc that has ever been recorded, or that has been recorded within a particular period of time
Highs of 40°C were recorded in the region last summer.
a new/record/ten-year etc high
The price of oil reached a new high this week.
2.) ¦(EXCITEMENT)¦ informal
a feeling of great happiness or excitement
They're bound to be on a high after such an incredible victory.
the emotional highs and lows of a new romance
3.) ¦(DRUGS)¦
a feeling of pleasure or excitement produced by some drugs
4.) ¦(WEATHER)¦
an area of high ↑pressure that affects the weather
5.) ¦(SCHOOL)¦
a short form of ↑high school, used in the name of a school
Benjamin Franklin High
6.) from on high
from someone in a position of authority - used humorously
An order came from on high.
7.) on high formal
at a high temperature as measured by an electric ↑oven etc
Microwave on high for 8 minutes.
b) formal in a high place or heaven
An angel came from on high.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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