1 adj Something that is high extends a long way from the bottom to the top when it is upright. You do not use high to describe people, animals, or plants., (Antonym: low) …a house, with a high wall all around it…, Mount Marcy is the highest mountain in the Adirondacks., …high-heeled shoes…, The gate was too high for a man of his age to climb. High is also an adverb., adv ADV after v …wagons packed high with bureaus, bedding, and cooking pots.
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2 adj You use high to talk or ask about how much something upright measures from the bottom to the top. amount ADJ, n ADJ, how ADJ, as ADJ as, ADJ-compar than …an elegant bronze horse only nine inches high…, Measure your garage: how high is the door?
3 adj If something is high, it is a long way above the ground, above sea level, or above a person or thing. oft ADJ prep (Antonym: low) I looked down from the high window…, In Castel Molo, high above Taormina, you can sample the famous almond wine made there. High is also an adverb., adv ADV after v …being able to run faster or jump higher than other people. If something is high up, it is a long way above the ground, above sea level, or above a person or thing. ♦high up phrase oft PHR prep We saw three birds circling very high up.
4 adj You can use high to indicate that something is great in amount, degree, or intensity., (Antonym: low) The European country with the highest birth rate is Ireland…, Official reports said casualties were high…, Commercialisation has given many sports a higher profile. High is also an adverb., adv ADV after v He expects the unemployment figures to rise even higher in coming months. You can use phrases such as `in the high 80s” to indicate that a number or level is, for example, more than 85 but not as much as 90. ♦the high 70s/80s/90s phrase (Antonym: low)
5 adj If a food or other substance is high in a particular ingredient, it contains a large amount of that ingredient. v-link ADJ in n (Antonym: low) Don”t indulge in rich sauces, fried food and thick pastry as these are high in fat.
6 n-count If something reaches a highof a particular amount or degree, that is the greatest it has ever been. oft N of amount (Antonym: low) Traffic from Jordan to Iraq is down to a dozen loaded lorries a day, compared with a high of 200 a day…, Sales of Russian vodka have reached an all-time high.
7 adj If you say that something is a high priority or is highon your list, you mean that you consider it to be one of the most important things you have to do or deal with. oft ADJ on n (Antonym: low) The Labour Party has not made the issue a high priority…, Economic reform is high on the agenda.
8 adj Someone who is highin a particular profession or society, or has a high position, has a very important position and has great authority and influence. v-link ADJ in n, ADJ n Was there anyone particularly high in the administration who was an advocate of a different policy?…, …corruption in high places. Someone who is high upin a profession or society has a very important position. ♦high up phrase oft PHR in n His cousin is somebody quite high up in the navy…
9 adj You can use high to describe something that is advanced or complex. ADJ n Neither Anna nor I are interested in high finance.
10 adv If you aim high, you try to obtain or to achieve the best that you can. ADV after v You should not be afraid to aim high in the quest for an improvement in your income…
11 adj If someone has a high reputation, or people have a high opinion of them, people think they are very good in some way, for example at their work., (Antonym: low) She has always had a high reputation for her excellent short stories…, People have such high expectations of you.
12 adj If the quality or standard of something is high, it is very good indeed. His team were of the highest calibre…
13 adj If someone has high principles, they are morally good. usu ADJ n He was a man of the highest principles.
14 adj A high sound or voice is close to the top of a particular range of notes., (Antonym: low) Her high voice really irritated Maria.
15 adj When a river is high, it contains much more water than usual., (Antonym: low) The waters of the Yangtze River are dangerously high for the time of year.
16 adj If your spirits are high, you feel happy and excited., (Antonym: low) Her spirits were high with the hope of seeing Nick in minutes rather than hours.
17 adj If someone is highon drink or drugs, they are affected by the alcoholic drink or drugs they have taken. INFORMAL v-link ADJ, usu ADJ on n He was too high on drugs and alcohol to remember them.
19 If you say that something came from on high, you mean that it came from a person or place of great authority. ♦on high phrase usu from PHR Orders had come from on high that extra care was to be taken during this week.
20 If you say that you were left high and dry, you are emphasizing that you were left in a difficult situation and were unable to do anything about it. ♦be left high and dry phrase PHR after v, v-link PHR (emphasis) Schools with better reputations will be flooded with applications while poorer schools will be left high and dry.
21 If you refer to the highs and lows of someone”s life or career, you are referring to both the successful or happy times, and the unsuccessful or bad times. ♦highs and lows phrase oft PHR of n
22 If you say that you looked high and low for something, you are emphasizing that you looked for it in every place that you could think of. ♦look high and low phrase PHR after v (emphasis)
23 → in high dudgeon → dudgeon → come hell or high water → hell → to be high time → time
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