Meaning of “tall” in the English Dictionary

"tall" in British English

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talladjective

uk /tɔːl/ us /tɑːl/

A1 of more than average height, or of a particular height:

a tall girl
a tall building
He's six feet tall.
She's much taller than me.

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  • My view was blocked by a tall man in front of me.
  • She's nearly as tall as her father now.
  • The house was surrounded by a tall, wooden fence.
  • She is five feet/foot three inches tall.
  • He was about six feet tall with broad shoulders.
tallness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈtɔːl.nəs/ us /ˈtɑːl.nəs/

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

"tall" in American English

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talladjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /tɔl/

tall adjective [ -er/-est only ] (VERY HIGH)

of more than average height:

She’s tall and slim.
The Sears Tower is taller than the Empire State Building.

tall adjective [ -er/-est only ] (THIS HIGH)

of a particular height:

Four of her friends are six feet or taller.

(Definition of “tall” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"tall" in Business English

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talladjective

uk /tɔːl/ us HR, MANAGEMENT

used to describe an organization with many levels of jobs between top management and the workers at the bottom:

In a tall organizational structure, employees often lie at the bottom of a long chain of supervisors, managers, and executives.

(Definition of “tall” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)