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High technology is the practical use of advanced scientific research and knowledge, especially in relation to electronics and computers, and the development of new advanced machines and equipment.      n-uncount  
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high     ( higher    comparative)   ( highest    superlative)   ( highs    plural  )
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.     
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.     
18       n-count   A high is a feeling or mood of great excitement or happiness.  
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 lowsof 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)   
    in high dudgeon  
    come hell or high water  
    to be high time  

-high combines with words such as `knee' or `shoulder' to indicate that someone or something reaches as high as the point that is mentioned.      comb in adj  
The grass was knee-high.     
high and mighty     
If you describe someone as high and mighty, you disapprove of them because they consider themselves to be very important and are confident that they are always right.      adj  
I think you're a bit too high and mighty yourself.     
high chair        ( high chairs    plural  ) , highchair   A high chair is a chair with long legs for a small child to sit in while they are eating.      n-count  
If you describe something as high-class, you mean that it is of very good quality or of superior social status.      adj   usu ADJ n  
...a high-class jeweller's.     
high command        ( high commands    plural  ) The high command is the group that consists of the most senior officers in a nation's armed forces.      n-count-coll   oft supp N  
High Commission        ( High Commissions    plural  ) A High Commission is the office where a High Commissioner and his or her staff work, or the group of officials who work there.      n-count   oft the adj N  
High Commissioner        ( High Commissioners    plural  )
1       n-count   A High Commissioner is a senior representative who is sent by one Commonwealth country to live in another in order to work as an ambassador.  
oft the adj N  
2       n-count   A High Commissioner is the head of an international commission.  
usu N for n, supp N  
...the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.     
High Court        ( High Courts    plural  ) In England and Wales, the High Court is a court of law which deals with very serious or important cases.      n-count   usu sing  
High-end products, especially electronic products, are the most expensive of their kind.      adj  
...high-end personal computers and computer workstations.     
high explosive        ( high explosives    plural  ) High explosive is an extremely powerful explosive substance.      n-var  
high five        ( high fives    plural  ) , high-five   If you give someone a high five, you put your hand up and hit their open hand with yours, especially after a victory or as a greeting.      n-count  
High-flown language is very grand, formal, or literary.      adj   usu ADJ n     (disapproval)   
high-flyer        ( high-flyers    plural  ) , high flyer, high-flier   A high-flyer is someone who has a lot of ability and is likely to be very successful in their career.      n-count  
A high-flying person is successful or is likely to be successful in their career.      adj   usu ADJ n  
...her high-flying newspaper-editor husband.     
high ground  
1       n-sing   If a person or organization has the high ground in an argument or dispute, that person or organization has an advantage.     (JOURNALISM)   the N, oft the adj N  
The President must seek to regain the high ground in the political debate...     
2    If you say that someone has taken themoral high ground, you mean that they consider that their policies and actions are morally superior to the policies and actions of their rivals.  
the moral high ground      phrase   PHR after v  
The Republicans took the moral high ground with the message that they were best equipped to manage the authority...     
If you say that someone is high-handed, you disapprove of them because they use their authority in an unnecessarily forceful way without considering other people's feelings.      adj  
He wants to be seen as less bossy and high-handed.     
  high-handedness      n-uncount  
They have been accused of secrecy and high-handedness in their dealings.     
High-heeled shoes are women's shoes that have high heels.      adj   ADJ n     (Antonym: flat)   
high heels     
You can refer to high-heeled shoes as high heels.      n-plural  
1       adj   High-impact exercise puts a lot of stress on your body.  
usu ADJ n     (Antonym: low-impact)    ...high-impact aerobics.     
2       adj   High-impact materials are very strong.  
usu ADJ n  
The durable high-impact plastic case is water resistant to 100 feet.     
high jinks     
High jinks is lively, excited behaviour in which people do things for fun.  
INFORMAL, OLD-FASHIONED      n-uncount-coll  
high jump     
Thehigh jump is an athletics event which involves jumping over a raised bar.      n-sing   usu the N  
high life     
You use thehigh life to refer to an exciting and luxurious way of living that involves a great deal of entertainment, going to parties, and eating good food.      n-sing   also no det  
...the Hollywood high life...     
high mass      , High Mass  
High mass is a church service held in a Catholic church in which there is more ceremony than in an ordinary mass.      n-uncount  
If you say that someone is high-minded, you think they have strong moral principles.      adj  
The President's hopes for the country were high-minded, but too vague...     
high noon  
1       n-uncount   High noon means the same as noon.  
2       n-uncount   Journalists sometimes use high noon to refer to a crisis or event which is likely to decide finally what is going to happen in a conflict or situation.  
usu with supp, oft N for/of n  
It looks like high noon for the nation's movie theaters, now we are in the age of the home video.     
You can use high-octane to emphasize that something is very exciting or intense.     (JOURNALISM)      adj   ADJ n  
...a high-octane performance.     
A high-performance car or other product goes very fast or does a lot.      adj   ADJ n  
...the thrill of taking an expensive high-performance car to its limits.     
A high-pitched sound is shrill and high in pitch.      adj   (=piercing)  
A woman squealed in a high-pitched voice.     
high point        ( high points    plural  ) Thehigh point of an event or period of time is the most exciting or enjoyable part of it.      n-count   usu with supp, oft N of/in n   (=highlight)  
The high point of this trip was a day at the races in Balgriffin.     
1       adj   A high-powered machine or piece of equipment is very powerful and efficient.  
usu ADJ n  
...high powered lasers.     
2       adj   Someone who is high-powered or has a high-powered job has a very important and responsible job which requires a lot of ability.  
usu ADJ n  
I had a very high-powered senior job in publishing.     
high priest        ( high priests    plural  ) If you call a man the high priestof a particular thing, you are saying in a slightly mocking way that he is considered by people to be expert in that thing.      n-count   usu N of n  
...the high priest of cheap periodical fiction.     
high priestess        ( high priestesses    plural  ) If you call a woman the high priestessof a particular thing, you are saying in a slightly mocking way that she is considered by people to be expert in that thing.      n-count   usu N of n  
...the American high priestess of wit.     
A high-profile person or a high-profile event attracts a lot of attention or publicity.      adj   usu ADJ n  
...the high-profile reception being given to Mr Arafat.     
A high-ranking person has an important position in a particular organization.      adj   ADJ n  
...a high-ranking officer in the medical corps.     
high-rise        ( high-rises    plural  ) High-rise buildings are modern buildings which are very tall and have many levels or floors.      adj   ADJ n  
...high-rise office buildings.     
      A high-rise is a high-rise building., n-count  
That big high-rise above us is where Brian lives.     
high road  
1       n-count   A high road is a main road.  
  (BRIT)   usu sing  
in AM, use highway     
2       n-sing   If you say that someone is taking thehigh road in a situation, you mean that they are taking the most positive and careful course of action.  
  (mainly AM)   usu the N  
US diplomats say the president is likely to take the high road in his statements about trade.     
high-roller        ( high-rollers    plural  ) , high roller   High rollers are people who are very rich and who spend money in an extravagant or risky way, especially by gambling.     (JOURNALISM)      n-count  
high school        ( high schools    plural  )
1       n-var; n-in-names   In Britain, a high school is a school for children aged between eleven and eighteen.  
...Sunderland High School.     
2       n-var; n-in-names   In the United States, a high school is a school for children usually aged between fourteen and eighteen.  
...an 18-year-old inner-city kid who dropped out of high school.     
high seas     
The high seas is used to refer to the sea.  
LITERARY      n-plural   the N  
...battles on the high seas.     
high season     
The high season is the time of year when a place has most tourists or visitors.  
  (BRIT)      n-sing   also no det     (Antonym: low season)    A typical high-season week in a chalet costs about £470.     
high society     
You can use high society to refer to people who come from rich and important families.      n-uncount  
You can use high-sounding to describe language and ideas which seem very grand and important, especially when you think they are not really important.      adj   usu ADJ n     (disapproval)    ...high-sounding decrees designed to impress foreigners and attract foreign capital.     
Someone who is high-spirited is very lively and easily excited.      adj  
  (Antonym: placid)   
high spot        ( high spots    plural  ) The high spotof an event or activity is the most exciting or enjoyable part of it.      n-count   oft N of n   (=highlight)  
Rough weather would have denied us a landing on the island, for me the high spot of the entire cruise.     
high street        ( high streets    plural  )
1       n-count; n-in-names   The high street of a town is the main street where most of the shops and banks are.  
  (mainly BRIT)  
in AM, use Main Street     
2       adj   High street banks and businesses are companies which have branches in the main shopping areas of most towns.  
  (mainly BRIT)   ADJ n  
The scanners are available from high street stores.     
high summer     
High summer is the middle of summer.      n-uncount  
high tea        ( high teas    plural  ) In Britain, some people have a meal called high tea in the late afternoon instead of having dinner or supper later in the evening.  
OLD-FASHIONED      n-var  
high-tech      , high tech, hi tech  
High-tech activities or equipment involve or result from the use of high technology.      adj   usu ADJ n  
...the latest high-tech medical gadgetry.     
high technology     
High technology is the practical use of advanced scientific research and knowledge, especially in relation to electronics and computers, and the development of new advanced machines and equipment.      n-uncount  
A high-tension electricity cable is one which is able to carry a very powerful current.      adj   ADJ n  
high tide     
At the coast, high tide is the time when the sea is at its highest level because the tide is in.      n-uncount  
  (Antonym: low tide)   
high treason     
High treason is a very serious crime which involves putting your country or its head of state in danger.      n-uncount  
high-up        ( high-ups    plural  )
1       n-count   A high-up is an important person who has a lot of authority and influence.  
in AM, use higher-up     
    high up  
high water     
High water is the time at which the water in a river or sea is at its highest level as a result of the tide.      n-uncount   (=high tide)  
Fishing is possible for a couple of hours either side of high water.     
    come hell or high water  
high-water mark   , high water mark  
1       n-sing   The high-water mark is the level reached in a particular place by the sea at high tide or by a river in flood.  
the N  
2       n-sing   The high-water markof a process is its highest or most successful stage of achievement.  
with supp, oft N of/for n  
This was almost certainly the high-water mark of her career...     
high wire        ( high wires    plural  ) , high-wire  
1       n-count   A high wire is a length of rope or wire stretched tight high above the ground and used for balancing acts.   (=tightrope)  
2       n-sing   Journalists talk about a person being on a high wire or performing a high-wire act when he or she is dealing with a situation in which it would be easy to do the wrong thing.  
oft N n  
This year's Budget looks set to be a precarious high-wire act for the Chancellor.     
junior high        ( junior highs    plural  ) In the United States, junior high is the school that young people attend between the ages of 11 or 12 and 14 or 15.      n-count; n-in-names  
...Benjamin Franklin Junior High.     
Something that is knee-high is as tall or high as an adult's knees.      adj  
A shoulder-high object is as high as your shoulders.      adj   usu ADJ n  
...a shoulder-high hedge.     
      Shoulder-high is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v  
They picked up Oliver and carried him shoulder high into the garage.     
If you say that prices or confidence are sky-high, you are emphasizing that they are at a very high level.      adj  
Christie said: `My confidence is sky high.', ...the effect of falling house prices and sky-high interest rates.     
      Sky high is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v  
Their prestige went sky high.     

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  




1    elevated, lofty, soaring, steep, tall, towering  
2    excessive, extraordinary, extreme, great, intensified, sharp, strong  
3    arch, big-time     (informal)   chief, consequential, distinguished, eminent, exalted, important, influential, leading, major league     (informal)   notable, powerful, prominent, ruling, significant, superior  
4    arrogant, boastful, bragging, despotic, domineering, haughty, lofty, lordly, ostentatious, overbearing, proud, tyrannical, vainglorious  
5    capital, extreme, grave, important, serious  
6    boisterous, bouncy     (informal)   cheerful, elated, excited, exhilarated, exuberant, joyful, light-hearted, merry, strong, tumultuous, turbulent  
7      (informal)   delirious, euphoric, freaked out     (informal)   hyped up     (slang)   inebriated, intoxicated, on a trip     (informal)   spaced out     (slang)   stoned     (slang)   tripping     (informal)   turned on     (slang)   zonked     (slang)  
8    costly, dear, exorbitant, expensive, high-priced, steep     (informal)   stiff  
9    acute, high-pitched, penetrating, piercing, piping, sharp, shrill, soprano, strident, treble  
10    extravagant, grand, lavish, luxurious, rich  
11    gamey, niffy     (Brit. slang)   pongy     (Brit. informal)   strong-flavoured, tainted, whiffy     (Brit. slang)  
12    high and dry      abandoned, bereft, destitute, helpless, stranded  
13    high and low      all over, everywhere, exhaustively, far and wide, in every nook and cranny  
14    high and mighty        (informal)   arrogant, cavalier, conceited, disdainful, haughty, imperious, overbearing, self-important, snobbish, stuck-up     (informal)   superior  
15    aloft, at great height, far up, way up  
16    apex, crest, height, peak, record level, summit, top  
17      (informal)   delirium, ecstasy, euphoria, intoxication, trip     (informal)  
1    dwarfed, low, short, stunted  
2    average, low, mild, moderate, reduced, restrained, routine, suppressed  
3    average, common, degraded, ignoble, inconsequential, insignificant, low, lowly, low-ranking, menial, routine, secondary, undistinguished, unimportant  
6    angry, dejected, depressed, gloomy, low, melancholy, sad  
9    alto, bass, deep, gruff, low, low-pitched  

A1 or A-one     (informal)   choice, classy     (slang)   elite, exclusive, first-rate, high-quality, high-toned, posh     (informal, chiefly Brit.)   ritzy     (slang)   select, superior, swish     (informal, chiefly Brit.)   tip-top, top-drawer, top-flight, tops     (slang)   U     (Brit. informal)   up-market, upper-class  
   cheap, cheapo     (informal)   common, inferior, mediocre, ordinary, run-of-the-mill  
elaborate, exaggerated, extravagant, florid, grandiose, high-falutin     (informal)   inflated, lofty, magniloquent, overblown, pretentious  
   down-to-earth, moderate, modest, practical, pragmatic, realistic, reasonable, restrained, sensible, simple, straightforward, unpretentious  
arbitrary, autocratic, bossy     (informal)   despotic, dictatorial, domineering, imperious, inconsiderate, oppressive, overbearing, peremptory, self-willed, tyrannical, wilful  
high jinks     
fun and games, horseplay, jollity, junketing, merrymaking, revelry, skylarking     (informal)   sport, spree  
elevated, ethical, fair, good, honourable, idealistic, magnanimous, moral, noble, principled, pure, righteous, upright, virtuous, worthy  
   dishonest, dishonourable, unethical, unfair  
integrity, probity, rectitude, scrupulousness, uprightness  
aggressive, driving, dynamic, effective, energetic, enterprising, fast-track, forceful, go-ahead, go-getting     (informal)   highly capable, high-octane     (informal)   vigorous  
high-pressure        (of salesmanship)  
aggressive, bludgeoning, coercive, compelling, forceful, high-powered, importunate, insistent, intensive, in-your-face     (slang)   persistent, persuasive, pushy     (informal)  
costly, dear, excessive, exorbitant, expensive, extortionate, high, steep     (informal)   stiff, unreasonable  
affected, artificial, bombastic, extravagant, flamboyant, florid, grandiloquent, grandiose, high-flown, imposing, magniloquent, ostentatious, overblown, pompous, pretentious, stilted, strained  
brisk, express, fast, hotted-up     (informal)   quick, rapid, souped-up     (informal)   streamlined, swift  
alive and kicking, animated, boisterous, bold, bouncy, daring, dashing, ebullient, effervescent, energetic, exuberant, frolicsome, full of beans     (informal)   full of life, fun-loving, gallant, lively, mettlesome, sparky, spirited, spunky     (informal)   vibrant, vital, vivacious  
high spirits     
abandon, boisterousness, exhilaration, exuberance, good cheer, hilarity, joie de vivre, rare good humour  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
comfortably; extravagantly
finalize smth. successfully / in a positive manner
E.g.: The negotiations were tough, but they ended on a high note
get drunk or take drugs; get high
Cybersecurity is system of computer technology that protects and integrates global interconnected information technology infrastructure.
[Tech.];[Leg.] protecting global computing system
(in neomarxist thought) the second main exploitive social class: The bourgeoisie of formation. The members of the formoisie have human capital, receive high wages (the most frequently thanks to their diplomas) and consume more than the world GDP. (neologism 1993 Yanick Toutain)
[Hum. Sc.] The formoisie is the social class that created social-democracy and stalinism.
an urban photography trend consisting in taking the pics from the top (and usually the edge) of high buildings
A small short-term loan, with very high interest rates, that the borrower promises to repay on or near the next payday. Used by wage earners who run short of cash before payday. Payday lending is an established form of lending in the US and Canada.
Also: payday advance, overnight loan.
renewable energy obtainable on coasts based on the sea or ocean low and high tides
a form of workout based on the usage of high heels
also called legwork
expression referring to a high amount of effort, dedication, endurance for pursuing a cause, achieving a goal
He put blood, sweat and tears in making this movie
The acquisition of a startup primarily for the team and talent, rather than for the technology or product.
a technology item that a young person no longer uses and hands over to an older person, after having purchased a last generation product
adoption of a business model in which services are offered on demand through direct contact between a customer and supplier, usually via mobile technology
[Bus.] From the taxi company 'Uber', which pioneered this business model
A progressing virtual world of global computers having networks of interdependent information technology infrastructures, telecommunications networks and computer processing systems, in which online interaction takes place.
to subject (an industry) to a business model in which services are offered on demand through direct contact between a customer and a supplier, usually via mobile technology
[Bus.] From the taxi company 'Uber', which pioneered this business model
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