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high

adjective [-er/-est only]  us   /hɑɪ/

high adjective [-er/-est only] (DISTANCE)

(esp. of things that are not living) being a large distance from top to bottom or a long way above the ground, or having the stated distance from top to bottom: Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. We had to climb over a wall that was ten feet high.

high adjective [-er/-est only] (ABOVE AVERAGE)

greater than the usual level: high standards of quality high salaries a high level of concentration She was driving at high speed on a wet road. The companies produce high-quality olive oils. Something's high point is the time when it is the most successful, enjoyable, important, or valuable: The high point of my week is arriving home from work on a Friday evening.

high adjective [-er/-est only] (IMPORTANT)

having power, great influence, or an important position: He is an officer of high rank. She has a lot of friends in high places (= in positions of power).

high adjective [-er/-est only] (SOUND)

near or at the top of the range of sounds: Dog whistles play notes that are too high for human beings to hear.

high adjective [-er/-est only] (FEELING HAPPY)

feeling extremely happy, excited, or full of energy: He was so high after winning the race that he couldn’t sit still.in high spirits Someone who is in high spirits is extremely happy and enjoying the situation: She was in high spirits after scoring the winning basket.

high

adverb [-er/-est only]  us   /hɑɪ/

high adverb [-er/-est only] (AT LARGE DISTANCE)

at or to a large distance from the ground: The Concorde flies much higher than most airplanes.

high

noun  us   /hɑɪ/

high noun (HIGH LEVEL)

[C] a higher level than has ever been reached before: Interest rates have reached an all-time high.

high noun (HAPPY PERIOD)

[C usually sing] a period of extreme excitement or happiness, when you feel full of energy: There are lots of highs and lows in this job.
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