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"height" in British English

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heightnoun [C or U]

uk   /haɪt/  us   /haɪt/
B1 the distance from the top to the bottom of something, or the quality of being tall: The sheer height of New York's skyscrapers is so impressive. She's about average height (= neither short nor tall).
B1 the particular distance that something is above a surface: The bullet entered the body at chest height.
heights
high places, or the top of hills: Don't go up the tower if you're afraid of heights. Machine guns were mounted along the heights behind the town.
a high level of success: He reached the heights of his profession at the age of 35. Share prices scaled new heights yesterday. Her husband rose to the dizzy/lofty heights of transport minister.
the height of sth
C2 the time when a situation or event is strongest or most full of activity: August is the height of the tourist season. At the height of the violence/crisis we were left without any help.
an extreme example of something: the height of fashion
the time when you are most successful in what you do: She was at the height of her career when he first met her.

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(Definition of height from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"height" in American English

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heightnoun [C/U]

 us   /hɑɪt/
the distance from the top to the bottom of something, or the quality of being tall: [C] The heights of the two towers are equal. [U] She’s of average height (= neither unusually short nor tall).
Height also refers to the distance that something is above a surface: [U] You can adjust the height of the chair with this lever.
the height of
The height of a condition or event is when it is most full of activity or when it is at its top level of achievement: She was at the height of her career when they met.
the height of
The height of also means an extreme example of: the height of luxury/power/stupidity
(Definition of height from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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