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Definition of 'high'


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


  1. 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"
       Antonyms: low
  2. (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"
       Antonyms: low
  3. standing above others in quality or position; "people in high places"; "the high priest"; "eminent members of the community"
       Synonyms: eminent
  4. used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency
       Synonyms: high-pitched
       Antonyms: low low-pitched
  5. happy and excited and energetic
       Synonyms: in high spirits
  6. (used of the smell of meat) smelling spoiled or tainted
       Synonyms: gamey gamy
  7. slightly and pleasantly intoxicated from alcohol or a drug (especially marijuana)
       Synonyms: mellow


  1. at a great altitude; "he climbed high on the ladder"
       Synonyms: high up
  2. in or to a high position, amount, or degree; "prices have gone up far too high"
  3. in a rich manner; "he lives high"
       Synonyms: richly luxuriously
  4. far up toward the source; "he lives high up the river"

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