high

Use the adjective high to describe something with a great elevation. If you want to see a really high mountain, you should visit Mount Everest.

You can also use high to describe a sound or musical note that is elevated in pitch. Some stores use a high-pitched buzzing sound to keep teenagers from loitering. The noise drives teens crazy, but it doesn't bother their parents, because adults can't hear the high frequency. High also means a state of euphoria. After you win a first place medal at the swim meet, you might be on a high for days.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: high

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adjnadv
(literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high')
a high place
at a great altitude
2
adjnadv
greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount
a lofty level or position or degree
in or to a high position, amount, or degree
3
adj
used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency
4
adjn
happy and excited and energetic
a state of sustained elation
5
n
a public secondary school usually including grades 9 through 12
6
adj
(used of the smell of meat) smelling spoiled or tainted
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: high
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adj (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high')

“a high mountain”
high ceilings”
high buildings”
“a high forehead”
“a high incline”
“a foot high
Synonyms
altitudinous
indefinitely high; lofty
commanding, dominating, overlooking
used of a height or viewpoint
eminent, lofty, soaring, towering
of imposing height; especially standing out above others
high-altitude, high-level
occurring at or from a relative high altitude
high-stepped, high-stepping
having or moving with a high step
high-top, high-topped
(of shoes or boots) having relatively high uppers
steep
of a slope; set at a high angle
upper
higher in place or position
tall
great in vertical dimension; high in stature
top
situated at the top or highest position
up
being or moving higher in position or greater in some value; being above a former position or level
Antonyms:
low
literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension
deep
with head or back bent low
flat-growing, ground-hugging, low-growing
of plants that grow relatively low to the ground
low-altitude, low-level
occurring at a relatively low altitude
low-lying
having a small elevation above the ground or horizon or sea level
low-set, lowset
lower than average
nether, under
located below or beneath something else
squat, underslung
having a low center of gravity; built low to the ground
inferior
of or characteristic of low rank or importance
little, short
low in stature; not tall
down
being or moving lower in position or less in some value
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n a high place

“they stood on high and observed the countryside”
Synonyms:
heights
Type of:
place, spot, topographic point
a point located with respect to surface features of some region

adv at a great altitude

“he climbed high on the ladder”
Synonyms:
high up

adv far up toward the source

“he lives high up the river”
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adj greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount

“a 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”
Synonyms
advanced
at a higher level in training or knowledge or skill
broad, full
being at a peak or culminating point
graduate, postgraduate
of or relating to studies beyond a bachelor's degree
higher
of education beyond the secondary level
higher
advanced in complexity or elaboration
last, utmost
highest in extent or degree
soaring
ascending to a level markedly higher than the usual
superior
of or characteristic of high rank or importance
Antonyms:
low
less than normal in degree or intensity or amount
debased, degraded, devalued
lowered in value
depressed, down
lower than previously
low-level
not intense
reduced, rock-bottom
well below normal (especially in price)
inferior
of or characteristic of low rank or importance
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adj standing above others in quality or position

“people in high places”
“the high priest”
Synonyms:
eminent
superior
of or characteristic of high rank or importance

n a lofty level or position or degree

“summer temperatures reached an all-time high
Antonyms:
low
a low level or position or degree
Type of:
degree, grade, level
a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality

n a forward gear with a gear ratio that gives the greatest vehicle velocity for a given engine speed

Synonyms:
high gear
Types:
overdrive
a high gear used at high speeds to maintain the driving speed with less output power
Type of:
gear, gear mechanism
a mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle)

n an air mass of higher than normal pressure

“the east coast benefits from a Bermuda high
Type of:
air mass
a large body of air with uniform characteristics horizontally

adv in or to a high position, amount, or degree

“prices have gone up far too high

adv in a rich manner

“he lives high
Synonyms:
luxuriously, richly
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adj used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency

Synonyms:
high-pitched
adenoidal, nasal, pinched
sounding as if the nose were pinched
altissimo
very high
alto
(of a musical instrument) second highest member of a group
alto, countertenor
of or being the highest male voice; having a range above that of tenor
falsetto
artificially high; above the normal voice range
peaky, spiky
having or as if having especially high-pitched spots
sharp, shrill
having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones
screaky, screechy, squeaking, squeaky, squealing
having or making a high-pitched sound such as that made by a mouse or a rusty hinge
soprano, treble
having or denoting a high range
sopranino
higher in range than soprano
tenor
of or close in range to the highest natural adult male voice
tenor
(of a musical instrument) intermediate between alto and baritone or bass
Antonyms:
low, low-pitched
used of sounds and voices; low in pitch or frequency
alto, contralto
of or being the lowest female voice
baritone
lower in range than tenor and higher than bass
bass, deep
having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range
contrabass, double-bass
pitched an octave below normal bass instrumental or vocal range
throaty
sounding as if pronounced low in the throat
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adj happy and excited and energetic

Synonyms:
in high spirits
elated
exultantly proud and joyful; in high spirits

adj slightly and pleasantly intoxicated from alcohol or a drug (especially marijuana)

Synonyms:
mellow
drunk, inebriated, intoxicated
stupefied or excited by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)

n a state of sustained elation

“I'm on a permanent high these days”
Antonyms:
low spirits
a state of mild depression
Type of:
elation
an exhilarating psychological state of pride and optimism; an absence of depression

n a state of altered consciousness induced by alcohol or narcotics

“they took drugs to get a high on”
Type of:
elation
an exhilarating psychological state of pride and optimism; an absence of depression
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n a public secondary school usually including grades 9 through 12

Synonyms:
high school, highschool, senior high, senior high school
Type of:
Gymnasium, lycee, lyceum, middle school, secondary school
a school for students intermediate between elementary school and college; usually grades 9 to 12
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adj (used of the smell of meat) smelling spoiled or tainted

Synonyms:
gamey, gamy
ill-smelling, malodorous, malodourous, stinky, unpleasant-smelling
having an unpleasant smell
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