What is the meaning of high?


  • A lofty level or position or degree.
    • usage: "summer temperatures reached an all-time high"
  • An air mass of higher than normal pressure.
    • usage: "the east coast benefits from a Bermuda high"
  • A state of sustained elation.
    • usage: "I'm on a permanent high these days"
  • A state of altered consciousness induced by alcohol or narcotics.
    • usage: "they took drugs to get a high on"
  • A high place.
    • usage: "they stood on high and observed the countryside"; "he doesn't like heights"
  • A public secondary school usually including grades 9 through 12.
    • usage: "he goes to the neighborhood highschool"
  • A forward gear with a gear ratio that gives the greatest vehicle velocity for a given engine speed.


  • Greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount.
    • usage: "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"
  • Literal meaning. ( being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high'))
    • usage: "a high mountain"; "high ceilings"; "high buildings"; "a high forehead"; "a high incline"; "a foot high"
  • Standing above others in quality or position.
    • usage: "people in high places"; "the high priest"; "eminent members of the community"
  • Used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency.
  • Happy and excited and energetic.
  • Used of the smell of meat. ( smelling spoiled or tainted)
  • Slightly and pleasantly intoxicated from alcohol or a drug (especially marijuana.


  • At a great altitude.
    • usage: "he climbed high on the ladder"
  • In or to a high position, amount, or degree.
    • usage: "prices have gone up far too high"
  • In a rich manner.
    • usage: "he lives high"
  • Far up toward the source.
    • usage: "he lives high up the river"
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APAWordNet. (2010). high. Retrieved January 16, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/high/definitions/1175587
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "high" http://smartdefine.org/high/definitions/1175587 (accessed January 16, 2019).
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MLAWordNet. "high" 23 October 2010. Web. 16 January 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/high/definitions/1175587>
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