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English adjective: high

1. high greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount

SamplesA high temperature.
A high price.
The high point of his career.
High risks.
Has high hopes.
The river is high.
He has a high opinion of himself.

Similaradvanced, broad, full, graduate, higher, higher, last, postgraduate, soaring, utmost

See alsosuperior

Attributedegree, grade, level


2. high (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high')

SamplesA high mountain.
High ceilings.
High buildings.
A high forehead.
A high incline.
A foot high.

Similaraltitudinous, commanding, dominating, eminent, high-altitude, high-level, high-stepped, high-stepping, high-top, high-topped, lofty, overlooking, soaring, steep, towering, upper

See alsotall, top, up

Attributeheight, tallness


3. high standing above others in quality or position

SamplesPeople in high places.
The high priest.
Eminent members of the community.




4. high used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency


Similaradenoidal, altissimo, alto, alto, countertenor, falsetto, nasal, peaky, pinched, screaky, screechy, sharp, shrill, sopranino, soprano, spiky, squeaking, squeaky, squealing, tenor, tenor, treble


Antonymslow-pitched, low

5. high happy and excited and energetic

Synonymsin high spirits



6. high (used of the smell of meat) smelling spoiled or tainted

Synonymsgamey, gamy

Similarill-smelling, malodorous, malodourous, stinky, unpleasant-smelling


7. high slightly and pleasantly intoxicated from alcohol or a drug (especially marijuana)


Similardrunk, inebriated, intoxicated


English noun: high

1. high (attribute) a lofty level or position or degree

SamplesSummer temperatures reached an all-time high.

Broader (hypernym)degree, grade, level


2. high (state) an air mass of higher than normal pressure

SamplesThe east coast benefits from a Bermuda high.

Broader (hypernym)air mass

Part meronymanticyclone

3. high (state) a state of sustained elation

SamplesI'm on a permanent high these days.

Broader (hypernym)elation

Antonymslow spirits

4. high (state) a state of altered consciousness induced by alcohol or narcotics

SamplesThey took drugs to get a high on.

Broader (hypernym)elation

5. high (location) a high place

SamplesThey stood on high and observed the countryside.
He doesn't like heights.


Broader (hypernym)place, spot, topographic point

6. high (group) a public secondary school usually including grades 9 through 12

SamplesHe goes to the neighborhood highschool.

Synonymshigh school, highschool, senior high, senior high school

Broader (hypernym)Gymnasium, lycee, lyceum, middle school, secondary school

7. high (artifact) a forward gear with a gear ratio that gives the greatest vehicle velocity for a given engine speed

Synonymshigh gear

Broader (hypernym)gear, gear mechanism

Narrower (hyponym)overdrive

Part meronymauto, automobile, car, machine, motorcar

English adverb: high

1. high at a great altitude

SamplesHe climbed high on the ladder.

Synonymshigh up

2. high in or to a high position, amount, or degree

SamplesPrices have gone up far too high.

3. high in a rich manner

SamplesHe lives high.

Synonymsluxuriously, richly

4. high far up toward the source

SamplesHe lives high up the river.

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